COVID-19: Gov. Lalong gives new directives on lockdown

By Pwanagba Agabus, Jos

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State on Thursday said the total lockdown in the state will continue from Sunday midnight until Thursday midnight subsequently.

This is as he partially relaxed the existing restriction order in the state by three days to enable residents restock for the total lockdown

The equally said, all intra-State borders will be closed with effect from 4th May, 2020, in order to curb community spread of COVID-19.

It would be recalled that the Chairman of the COVID-19 task force in the state, Governor Lalong had last Thursday 23th April, 2020, declared an indefinite total lockdown from midnight on Sunday, April 26th, 2020.

The State Government had also established 10 mobile courts meant to ensure enforcement and compliance with the directives.

It said the move was aimed at protecting the citizens from the coronavirus pandemic and also ensuring that the entire state is fumigated.

Lalong disclosed this during a statewide broadcast in Jos, the State Capital.

“Further to the efforts at combating COVID-19, Government has taken the following decisions; that the total lockdown which resumed midnight Sunday April 26th 2020, shall be relaxed from Midnight of Thursday 30th April 2020 to Midnight of Sunday 3rd May 2020 to enable people again re-stock their homes. Thereafter, the total lockdown will resume on Monday 4th May 2020.

He maintained that, “This will henceforth be the pattern until further review. In order words, the period of restocking will last from Midnight of every Thursday to Midnight of every Sunday.

“In addition to the total lockdown which closed movement in and out of the State, and in order to curb community spread of COVID-19, Government has decided to close all intra-State borders with effect from 4th May 2020.

“Consequently, there shall be no movement from one Local Government to another even during the period when the total lockdown is relaxed, except for those on essential services as earlier enumerated”, h stressed.

The Governor further stated that, “Starting from 4th May 2020, all citizens shall be required to use facemasks in public places in addition to observing all hygiene and social distancing regulations”.

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