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Kano maintains movement restriction, retains three days ease

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Kano State Government has reviewed protocol on movement restriction after the Federal Government lifted its two-week lockdown of the state. In the renewed guidelines, the state government maintained earlier imposed curfew, including restriction of human and vehicular movement, but with exception of Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

However, the new guidelines pave way for extended of hours and re-opening of all major markets within the three free days. Unlike the previous four-hour limit, the new guidelines will enable movement for 12 hours.

The Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, stated yesterday: “In compliance with the Federal Government’s easing of the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Kano State Government releases guidelines and established protocols on how to manage access to markets and locations of economic activity to limit the risk of transmission.

“After due consultations with key public health professionals on critical review of the situation in Kano, markets, places of worship and movement of persons are now allowed on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6a.m. to 6p.m.”

The statement noted that while the restrictions had been lifted, inter-state movement, except for goods, agricultural produce and essential services were still in force.

The government, however, maintained that schools would remain closed, urging students to avail themselves with the opportunities of state government-sponsored radio and televised lessons.

Meanwhile, Ganduje has summoned an emergency meeting with market leaders on how to ensure strict observance of safety and prevention protocols in markets and other business places.

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