Coronavirus: Ondo State Government Shuts down Markets


The Government of Ondo State has ordered the immediate closure of all markets in the state over the Coronavirus(COVID-19) pandemic.

In a statement made available to POLITICS NIGERIA, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu ordered the closure of markets for 7 days in order to curtail the spread of the virus.

“Following the decisions of the Ondo State Executive Council meeting of Monday, 23rd March 2020, to stem the tide of the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN has ordered the immediate closure of all markets, malls and shops across the State with effect from today, March 24th, 2020.”

“Under this fresh directive which is for a period of 7 days in the first instance, only the sale of life-saving and sustaining items like food, water and medicines shall be allowed.”

“Similarly, Governor Akeredolu reiterates that the suspension of political gatherings and meetings is still in force. In this regard, any form of open campaign for the forthcoming Local Government Election in the State should be discontinued for the meantime.”

“And in furtherance of his resolve to deepen efforts under the present circumstances, Governor Akeredolu has equally directed the immediate cancellation of all official engagements. This directive includes courtesy calls and other engagements already approved and scheduled prior to this time and shall suffice for a period of 14 days in the first instance.”

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