The Rivers State Government has announced the re-opening of all markets in the State.
This effect takes place from Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 7am to 6pm daily.
Accoroding to the Governor, Nyesom Wike, who made this announcement during a state-wide broadcast today, August 17, 2020, stated that while all markets reopens, Rumukwurushi (Oil Mill) and Oginiba Slaughter Markets still remains closed.
Governor Nyesom Wike also announced that as the markets resume business, the use of face masks remains compulsory, with regular washing of hands and social distancing must be maintained.
He also said that the reason why the government lifted the ban placed on markets was to increase the tempo of economic activities in the State.
“Market managers must provide for hand washing and use of sanitizers for everyone at the entrance of every market, ensure wearing of face mask and maintaining social distancing.
“Any market that opens to the public and fails to comply strictly with these protocols shall be closed down. The market managers shall be prosecuted while the contravening shops shall be forfeited to the State Government without notice.
“Similarly, Churches can now hold services with 50 percent of their hall capacity provided the leadership can enforce wearing of face masks and washing of hands at the entrance by worshippers.
“The ban on outdoor sports activities at the Port Harcourt Club, Golf Club and the Port Harcourt Polo Club is also lifted.
“Members of these clubs must also comply with the established COVID-19 protocols or risk another closure.
“In addition, all night clubs, cinemas, bars and in-service restaurants remain banned until further notice. The established restrictions on public burials and weddings are also still in force.
“All Local Government Chairmen are hereby directed to ensure strict compliance with the protocols in their respective Local Government Areas.
“We also call on the security agencies to support the State Government to fight against the spread of this disease by enforcing the wearing of face mask in public places and maintenance of physical distancing throughout the state.
“Government has increased the State’s capacity for surveillance, contact tracing, testing and treatment of positive cases in line with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), oil and gas companies that provided PCR laboratories.
“We are also considering the request for approval and certification by some private laboratories to provide sample collection and testing services,” he added.
On the dissolution of the Taskforce on Illegal Motor Parks and Street Trading, Governor Wike noted that the decision was taken because the members took the laws into their hands.
While urging motorists and traders not to go back to their old ways, the Governor announced that a disciplined Taskforce would soon be reconstituted as training have commenced.