The Akwa Ibom State Government has reopened livestock markets which were shut down across the state on May 11, for commercial activities.

In a statement made by Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, the Secretary to State Government (SSG) in Uyo on Tuesday, said the reopening took effect from 6 a.m. on Tuesday, 18th August.

He said opening of the markets followed an agreement reached by the livestock dealers and the state government on the procedure for reopening of the livestock markets.

Akwa Ibom state government on May 11, placed a ban on cattle, goats and rams from being moved into the state to curb the spread of Coronavirus.

Ekuwem, who is the Chairman of the State’sCOVID-19 Management Committee, said the agreement which was reached by the livestock dealers association in collaboration with the government, is subject to the extant COVID-19 guidelines and protocols..

He admonished the dealers and the general public to adhere strictly to the Akwa Ibom Government/ Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)/World Health Organisation (WHO) COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.

The SSG listed the guidelines and protocols which includes, proper use of face masks at all times within the markets and provision of facilities for hand washing and personal hygiene.

He also added that they should maintain social distancing and provide proper sewage and other waste material disposal mechanisms.