Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has relaxed the total lockdown of Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas for six days, with effect from Thursday, May 21, 2020.
Wike, who announced this during his evening broadcast on Wednesday, said the total lockdown would be restored in the capital city on Tuesday, May 26th.
The governor said residents and visitors in the affected LGAs can now go out of their homes for their lawful businesses.
However, he noted that the relaxation of the lockdown only allows for free human and vehicular movements and the opening of limited businesses, such as banks, supermarkets, shopping malls and grocery shops. Wike said:
“Residents and visitors of these local government areas can therefore go out of their homes for their lawful businesses from 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”.
The governor urged all residents to continue to maintain social distancing in every space, including vehicles, bank premises and shopping places as required by the subsisting regulations.
He warned that those, who refused to comply with the established orders and restrictions would be arrested and prosecuted for deliberately endangering themselves and the lives of others.
Wike reassured residents that the government was determined more than ever to do everything to fight against the spread of Covid-19 pandemic in Rivers State.