As part of measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has directed that all markets across the state be closed down.
According to a statement issued by Fayemi’s Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, all markets would be closed down with effective from 5 pm Thursday, March 26th,2020.
He, however, added that markets which involved essential commodities such as foodstuff, medicine, medical equipment and water are exempted from the ban.
” This is in a bid to curtail the spread of the dreaded coronavirus (Covid-19) in the state by ensuring that citizens observe the social distancing practice, among other measures.
” All medicine stores that are open to the public to make sure they do not sell or display any other items whatsoever, while those selling foodstuffs should not display or sell anything outside foodstuff,” he said.
The governor in the statement further appealed to the leadership of driver’s unions in the state to shun acts that would inflict more pains on commuters.
He added, ” Similarly, the governor has appealed to commercial drivers and the leadership of NURTW and RTEAN in the state to reduce the outrageous fares being charged commuters, mainly students who have been returning home in their numbers following the closure of schools in the state.
” Pharmacy stores are also urged not to hike the prices of essential drugs.
” Meanwhile members of the public are reminded of the ban on gatherings that are above 20 persons either for social, communal or religious purposes as a monitoring and enforcement task force have been dispatched across the state.”
The governor urged all citizens in the state to join hands with the government and its agencies in the collective war against the pandemic.
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