Kwara State Government on Thursday announced a total lockdown on the state for 14 days as part of renewed measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The State Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19, Kayode Alabi disclosed this at a news briefing in Ilorin, the state capital.
He said: “The government hereby bans all vehicular movements, including private and commercial vehicles, from 6pm tomorrow, Friday 10 April, 2020. The only exceptions are commercial trucks carrying goods and services who would operate with absolute respect for social distancing and other COVID-19 safety protocols. All kinds of shops, bars, pubs, and markets are hereby shut until further notice. Markets, where foods and medications are sold, will open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, between 10 a.m. and 2p.m.’’
The State Deputy Governor added that contractors working on government projects are allowed to proceed to work with no more than 20 workers on-site at one time.
The government further stated that violators of the pronouncement may face prosecution in line with the state regulations on the pandemic.
The total shutdown is coming exactly 48 hours after the state took a similar step in Offa local government area of the state.