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COVID-19: Gov. Ugwuanyi directs markets to operate from 7am to 4pm

Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has directed all markets in the state to open for businesses from May 11 between 7am and 4pm.

Ugwuanyi gave the directive on Friday during a state-wide broadcast in Enugu.
The governor however, exempted Ogbette Market, Enugu from the arrangement.

He noted that markets in the state now operate beyond the normal time allowed by the measures and regulations put in place to contain the pandemic.
Ugwuanyi said that all previous safety measures and regulations put in place during the partial lockdown of the state were still in force.

He explained that the regulation of the operational period of the markets was to allow traders ample time to return home early enough in view of the nationwide curfew.

On Ogbete Market, the governor said that the section of traders given approval to open shops would continue to operate in line with earlier directives.
The governor urged residents of the state to adhere to safety guidelines by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

It was reported that the state had been on partial lockdown since March 31 arising from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
However, the state government on May 4 eased the lockdown with a directive for a partial and guided reopening of Ogbette Market.

According to the schedule, dealers in pharmaceutical products, provisions and consumer goods as well as restaurant operators are allotted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 8am and 2pm.

Other traders who deal on food items, especially wholesale dealers, were allotted to open shops on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same hours.
Meanwhile, the state government has started the distribution of fabric-made face masks to residents of the state.
The Deputy Governor, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo, said on Friday during the launch of the distribution that no fewer than one million pieces of the item would be given out.
Ezeilo said that the gesture was part of efforts in the drive against the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

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