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A  State Wide Broadcast By His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Governor Of Rivers State on Wednesday May 20, 2020

My Dear Good People of Rivers State,

  1. We reinstated the  total  lockdown  on  Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas as part of our  measures to  contain the spread  of the  Covid-19 pandemic in our State.

My Dear Good People of Rivers State,

  1. We reinstated the  total  lockdown  on  Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas as part of our  measures to  contain the spread  of the  Covid-19 pandemic in our State.
  2. We also indicated  our  readiness  to  review  the lockdown from time to time as occasion demands with the interest of our people as the central basis.
  3. Although we are only three days into the ongoing lockdown, it has become  necessary, once  again, to relax the restrictions.
  4. Accordingly, the State's  Security  Council has decided to suspend the total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas for 6 (six) days, with effect from Thursday, 21st May 2020.

Residents and visitors of these  local government areas can  therefore  go  out  of  their homes  for  their lawful  businesses from  tomorrow  morning, that  is, Thursday May 21 until 8.00 p.m., Tuesday 26th of May 2020, when  the  lockdown  will  be restored and maintained until further notice.

  1. It is important to emphasized that the relaxation only allows for free human and vehicular movements and the opening of limited businesses, such as banks, supermarkets, shopping malls and grocery shops.
  2. All land, sea and air exit and   entry borders and routes into Rivers State shall remain closed.
  3. Similarly, all open markets, motor parks,  hotels, bars, night  clubs, in-service  restaurants and  barbers' shops must remain shut.
  4. Religious gatherings of more than 50  persons remain prohibited.
  5. All public weddings, burials and other  social gathering also remain prohibited.
  6. Private and commercial vehicles,  including tricycles  must  continue to limit  the number  of passengers to two persons only.
  7. The wearing of face masks or coverings in public spaces, including commercial and  private  vehicles remains compulsory as contraveners would be arrested and summarily dealt with as the law demands.
  8. All residents must continue to  maintain social distancing in  every space,  including vehicles,  bank premises  and shopping  places as  required  by  the subsisting regulations.
  9. Those who refuse to comply with these  duly established orders and restrictions will be arrested and prosecuted, as  usual, for  deliberately  endangering themselves and the lives of others in the face of this deadly virus.
  10. I wish to reassure you all that we are doing our best and determined more than ever to do everything in our powers to fight against the spread of this covid-19 pandemic in Rivers State.
  11. We therefore urge residents not to panic even with the increasing number of positive cases, which is only indicative of the expanded testing now taking place in the State.
  12. Before long, we will easen the curve, gradually lift the restrictions, restore normalcy and  open  up the State fully for business.

18. But until then, we will continue to ask for is your patience, cooperation and religious compliance with the established measures to curb the spread of this virus.