The government of Akwa Ibom State in a press release on 7,August 2020 has ordered for the opening of markets across the state for daily operations.
Recall that the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel ordered for partial closure of markets across the state in the fight against Covid 19 pandemic that struck the world.
The directive was followed up with strict enforcement.
After a careful analysis of the situation and the need to revamp trade at the market level, His Excellency, the Govenor, has approved the reopening of markets in the state for daily operations with effect from Saturday, 8th August,2020.
The Press Release was signed by the Secretary to the State Government and chairman Covid 19 management committee Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem and given the following conditions under which markets in the state will operate on, also stating the punishment for defaulting:
1. Market authorities must ensure social distancing among both traders and buyers.
2. All traders and buyers must wear face masks properly throughout their period of stay in the market.
3. Hand washing equipment must be provided at all entry and exit points of the market.
Market authorities are urged to strictly comply with the AKSG/NCDC/WHO COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.
Take Notice that failure to strictly comply with the Covid-19 guidelines and protocols, will attract dire sanctions, including the closure of the defaulting market, as monitoring teams will be on patrol for enforcement.