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COVID-19: Akeredolu orders closure of markets, malls

By Sylvanus Okpe

Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has directed the immediate closure of all markets, malls, and shops in the state for seven days, as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

TheNigerian News had reported that the state government had shut down all schools and banned political, social and religious gatherings for 14 days.

Mr. Donald Ojogo, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, who made the statement on Tuesday in Akure, disclosed that only life-saving and sustaining items would be allowed.

Ojogo said gatherings at clubs beer parlours and joints were also prohibited until further notice.

He clarified that the decision was taken at the state executive council meeting on March 23, to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

“Under this fresh directive, which is for a period of seven days in the first instance, only the sale of life-saving and sustaining items like food, water and medicals shall be allowed,” he said.

The commissioner further announced the immediate cancellation of all official engagements of the government.

“This directive includes courtesy calls and other engagements already approved and scheduled prior to this time and shall suffice for a period of 14 days in the first instance.

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