Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has ordered the reopening of worship centres across the state.
He said this after 75 days of partial lockdown, following the invocation of the Quarantine Act and the Kaduna State Public Health Law, to impose the Quarantine Regulations on March 26.
In a statewide broadcast on Tuesday, El Rufai paid tribute to the good people of Kaduna State, for their immense sacrifices in the last two-and-half months as containment measures against Covid-19 were implemented.
He, however, directed that churches should conduct services only on Sundays and Mosques would hold Ju’mat prayers only Fridays for the time being.
He also approved the reopening of public transport operations under the conditions that the operators must reduce capacity to not more than two passengers per row and not more than 50% of capacity.
On schools and markets, the governor explained that they would remain closed, saying that it is still considered unsafe for markets and schools to reopen.
Gov. El-Rufai assured that the government would keep engaging with the relevant stakeholders on the matter, to determine the appropriate timing and conditions precedent.
The governor further explained, “Businesses can reopen, subject to the provision of thermometers for temperature checks, sanitizers or handwashing equipment and physical distancing measures within all facilities. Working hours will be 9am to 3pm daily”.
He added that within the state, security checkpoints would be allowed only to enforce compliance with the night-time curfew adding that during the day, any violations of the adjusted Quarantine Order like failure to wear facemasks, among others will be enforced by Operation Yaki, KASTLEA, the Vigilance Service and our Mobile Courts.
El Rufai appealed to people who are 50 years and above restrict their movement, in spite of the fact that restriction of movement has been lifted in the Kaduna state.
He pleaded with residents of Kaduna State to commit to taking personal responsibility, “Let us honour the sacrifices that have been made to ensure that this opening up supports the pursuit of livelihoods without risking widespread infection, illnesses and death. You have done it for more than ten weeks under partial lockdown. Let us show that we can stay safe in relaxed conditions.”
The governor said the government would continue to implement the policy of repatriating almajirai back to their parents to afford them due care and the right to free education.
On border closure, Governor El-Rufai explained that government officials would continue to visit state boundaries to reduce unauthorised interstate travel.