Anambra state dares COVID-19 Pandemic and relaxed the lockdown for the market to reopen on May 4, 2020. T
Governor Willie Obiano announced on Monday that sixty-three markets in the State will re-open on Monday, 4th of May, 2020 shortly after a closed-door meeting with market leaders in the state. He said the bold decision is to fight hunger and starvation whilst fighting COVID-19.
Governor Obiano said that each market must have a COVID-19 team that will have the responsibility of enforcing COVID-19 preventive codes and guidelines which includes the compulsory wearing of face masks, provision of running water, hand sanitizers, physical distancing, among others. The team will undergo training to be organised by the state government. He stressed that the only condition for re-opening of the markets is to have the COVID-19 teams ready, saying that markets which are not ready, will not be allowed to open. The Governor urged industrialists in the State to re-open but to be strictly abiding by the COVID-19 directives.
Further resolution of the meeting is that the markets will close early, to avoid the usual rush associated with closing late. Anambra boundaries remain closed. Anambra schools are still shut, as well as the civil service structure.
Governor Willie Obiano noted during the meeting that NCDC has agreed to upgrade the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Amaku, Awka, to a test centre. However, Governor Obiano said that his administration is weighing the options while gradually re-opening all segments of the State.