Governor Nyeson Wike of Rivers State announced the suspension for six days the total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas with effect from Thursday.
According to the governor in Governor in a state-wide broadcast on Wednesday, residents and visitors can move around and conduct their social and business activities without let or hindrance.
Land, air and sea routes and boundaries will stull remain shut, while preventive measures on social distancing, hand washing, wearing of facemask and gathering of people will be rigorously enforced, he said, while he craved the understanding of the people.
He said; “Residents and visitors of these local government areas can therefore go out of their homes for their lawful businesses from tomorrow morning, that is, Thursday May 21 until 8.00 p.m., Tuesday 26th of May 2020, when the lockdown will be restored and maintained until further notice.
“It is important to emphasized that the relaxation only allows for free human and vehicular movements and the opening of limited businesses, such as banks, supermarkets, shopping malls and grocery shops.
“All land, sea and air exit and entry borders and routes into Rivers State shall remain closed Similarly, all open markets, motor parks, hotels, bars, night clubs, in-service restaurants and barbers’ shops must remain shut. Religious gatherings of more than 50 persons remain prohibited. All public weddings, burials and other social gathering also remain prohibited.
” Private and commercial vehicles, including tricycles must continue to limit the number of passengers to two persons only. The wearing of face masks or coverings in public spaces, including commercial and private vehicles remains compulsory as contraveners would be arrested and summarily dealt with as the law demands,”
“Before long, we will flatten the curve, gradually lift the restrictions, restore normalcy and open up the State fully for business.
“And so, for those, who have nothing to do outside their homes, please stay at home and stay safe. Let us also try to ensure that we keep and protect the most vulnerable persons among us, especially the aged and those with serious underlying health conditions from this virus,” he said.