After 75 days of partial lockdown, which was implemented on March 26th, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has decided to amend the Quarantine order which will allow the opening of business places and places of worship as from Wednesday, June 10, 2020.
He made this known to the inhabitants of the state in a statewide broadcast on Tuesday, where he appreciated the people of the state for their cooperation during the lengthy lockdown so far, and explained that schools and markets will have to remain closed as it is unsafe for them to reopen under the given circumstances, he further explained that businesses can reopen, subject to the provision of thermometers for temperature checks, sanitizers or hand washing equipment and physical distancing measures within all facilities, and working hours will be fixed from 9am to 3pm daily. He also stated that church services are only allowed on Sundays, and mosques are to only conduct Jumat services, for the mean time. Commenting on transportation, he said that transport operators are to maintain the two passenger per row sitting arrangement, and 50% capacity and below, he also said that the ban on intra state travel has been lifted but government officials will continue to control state boundaries to reduce unauthorized interstate travel, he went forward to explain that within the state, security checkpoints would be allowed only to enforce compliance with the night time curfew, adding that during the day, any violations of the adjusted Quarantine Order like failure to wear facemasks, among others will be enforced by Operation Yaki, KASTLEA, the vigilance service and the state’s Mobile Courts. In further statement he also said that supermarkets and providers of personal services such as hairdressing and barbing salons can reopen; hotels can fully open, but with their restaurants and bars offering only room service, he pointed out that restaurants are only to reopen after decontamination, and are restricted to takeaway services, and that public serrvants will be summoned back to work in phases to be announced by the head of service. He enjoined the citizens to practice personal responsibility, the places they work, worship or shop and the vehicles in which they travel must also protect their health and safety. He summarized by saying that if the number of cases should spike,or if there are unsatisfactory compliance levels that total quarantine will be re-imposed to preserve health and protect lives, and also appealed to citizens above 50 years to still restrict their movements regardless of the amended quarantine measures. He ended his speech with a plea, saying “Let us honour the sacrifices that have been made to ensure that this opening up supports the pursuit of livelihoods without risking widespread infection, illnesses and death. You have done it for more than ten weeks under partial lockdown. Let us show that we can stay safe in relaxed conditions."