River State Governor, Nyesom Wike has again relaxed Rivers state lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas (LGAs) for six days with effect from Thursday, 21st May 2020.
Wike in a Wednesday night broadcast said, “Residents, visitors of these LGAs can go out for lawful businesses from Thursday, May 21 till 8.00 p.m Tuesday 26 May 2020 when the lockdown will be restored and maintained until further notice.
The relaxation only allows for free human and vehicular movements and opening of limited businesses, such as banks, supermarkets, shopping malls and grocery shops.
All land, sea and air borders into Rivers remain closed.
“All open markets, motor parks, hotels, bars, night clubs, in-service restaurants and barbers’ shops must remain shut, religious gatherings of more than 50 persons prohibited. All public weddings, burials and other social gatherings also remain prohibited.
“Private and commercial vehicles, including tricycles must limit number of passengers to two persons only. Wearing face masks in public spaces, including commercial and private vehicles remains compulsory as contraveners would be summarily dealt with as the law demands.
“We urge residents not to panic even with the increasing number of positive cases which is only indicative of the expanded testing now taking place. Before long, we will flatten the curve, gradually lift the restrictions, restore normalcy and open the State fully for business.
“For those, who have nothing to do outside their homes, please stay at home safe. Let us also try to ensure that we keep and protect most vulnerable persons among us, the aged and those with serious underlying health conditions from this virus.”