COVID-19: Niger extends lockdown by 2 weeks
From Isa Dangana, Minna
Two weeks’ Executive Order on the restriction of movement towards containing of Covid-19 in Niger State has expired, however, in order to achieve the desired result of minimising its spread; the State Task Force has extended the lockdown to another two weeks.
Our correspondent who saw the reviewed order, reports that people are now allowed to move within their immediate environment in strict compliance with the physical distancing measure, adding that all schools, ministries, departments and agencies are to remain closed, except those on essential services.
The order further said: “There shall be no vehicular movement on the lockdown days except those on essential services i.e. those carrying food item, medical supplies, livestock and agricultural input.
“There shall be three days’ window period weekly, Tuesday, Friday and Sundays from 7:00am to 12 midnight. However, movement of people must be restricted to their local government areas only.
“There shall also be no form of social gatherings during the weekly window periods; all shops, Mosques and Churches that do not adhere to the provision of basic measures of hand washing, physical distancing and the use of face mask shall be closed down.
“All state boarders shall remain closed and anybody found violating the order shall be arrested and forcefully quarantined for two weeks.
“All major markets in the state to remain closed except neighborhood markets, shops, kiosks, petty traders during the lockdown days.
“The state government, through the Committee on Street Begging and Ministry of Transport, to ensure immediate evacuation of all identified Almajiris in the state to their respective states of origin,” the order explained.