COVID-19: Kwara Imposes Partial Lockdown
By Adedapo Adesanya
As the country starts to experience a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the Kwara State government has imposed a partial lockdown in the state between 12 am and 4:30 am until further notice.
The directive, which is part of the new COVID-19 guidelines, was made known by the Chairman of the state’s COVID-19 Technical Committee, Mr Kayode Alabi, who doubles as Deputy Governor.
Mr Alabi, while speaking on Wednesday, said the new guidelines, which mandated appropriate use of face mask in public places, have also disallowed concerts, carnivals, clubbing until further notice from Thursday, December 24, 2020.
He said in addition, the new development also mandates that worship centres not to allow congregations exceeding 50 per cent of the maximum capacity of the venue and must adhere to physical distancing
He said: “Other gatherings (formal and informal) exceeding 50 people are disallowed
“Again, the proper use of a face mask in public space is mandatory. Therefore, the protocol of ‘No face mask, no entry’ must apply at all public places.
“Civil servants are to work from their homes. The only exemptions are essential workers, especially in the health sector. Virtual meetings are encouraged,” he declared.
This action by the Kwara State government is coming a day after the federal government extended the mandate of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 till March 2021.
The task force was established by President Muhammadu Buhari on March 9, 2020, to coordinate and oversee Nigeria’s multi-sectoral inter-governmental efforts to contain the spread of the novel virus.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday, President Buhari said he took the decision because of a surge in the number of cases, and to procure vaccines.
Nigeria has recorded more than of 79,780 COVID-19 infections and 1,231 related deaths across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Kwara State is the 14th most prevalent state and it has recorded 1,328 cases with 31 deaths.