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Coronavirus: Governor Fayemi Announces Curfew In Ekiti

Fayemi briefs newsmen on meeting with Buhari

The Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, has announced 6 pm-6 am curfew daily in the state until further notice and no movement of the vehicle or human traffic whatsoever will be allowed except for verified medical emergencies.

This is coming after President Muhammadu Buhari in a nationwide broadcast on Monday extended the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun State and FCT for one week.

President Buhari in his speech noted that the current lockdown has been extended until 23:59 hours on May 3 and that all conditions and exemptions remained in force.

Business activities will resume for only 3 days a week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) from the hours of 7 am–4 pm only, to allow the self-employed earn some income to feed their families and not totally wait for government palliatives.

Gov. Fayemi called on citizens to observe social distancing, hand washing and wearing of masks at all times.

The Ekiti State Governor further stated that businesses must provide liquid soap and running water for handwashing while supermarkets should not have more than 10 persons at any time in their store.

“Businesses that do not comply will be shut down for 6 months. Restriction of movement will be enforced 4 days a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays). Only essential services including food, medical, beverages, petroleum, banks, agriculture, construction, selected media and telecommunications are exempted from the restriction.”

“Violators will be prosecuted and may be fined or imprisoned. All large gatherings remain banned. No religious, social, political and educational gathering will be allowed to be held in Ekiti State until the pandemic is brought under control. Any facility that violates this directive may be shut down for not less than 12 months.”

“All travels from and into Ekiti State are hereby banned, as all boundaries of Ekiti State will be on lockdown 24 hours daily. Only food, medical, beverages, petroleum, agriculture and construction supply trucks are exempted but they cannot have more than 3 persons per truck. Any vehicle caught in violation may be forfeited to the state and passengers prosecuted.”

“Wearing of face masks is now compulsory in Ekiti State. Everyone must wear a face mask when going out of the home so you don’t spread the virus to others. Residents are advised to make their own masks while the government will provide masks for essential duty workers only.”

“Intracity Commercial Transportation will be allowed to operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 am–4 pm only on the condition that they comply with strict social distancing directives. Okadas can only carry one passenger, taxis not more than 3 passengers and tricycles not more than 2 passengers.”

“Any driver who violates this directive will be arrested, prosecuted and may forfeit the vehicle or cycle to the government. If a mass violation occurs, commercial transportation will be completely banned indefinitely.”

“Interstate travel is hereby restricted. Visits to or from Ekiti State is prohibited while the pandemic subsists. Insistent visitors must be prepared to be turned back or kept in our border town quarantine centres for 14 days minimum and shall be responsible for their own upkeep”, he ordered.

Fayemi warned that any private or commercial driver caught violating the directive will be arrested, prosecuted and may forfeit the vehicle to Ekiti State.

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