COVID-19 Lockdown: Buhari Gov’t Orders Markets To Open From 10am To 2pm...

COVID-19 Lockdown: Buhari Gov’t Orders Markets To Open From 10am To 2pm Daily

By Doyin Ajayi | Sub-Editor on April 2, 2020
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A busy Nigerian market in Lagos Island, Lagos | Getty Images

The Federal Government has announced that all markets in states where a lockdown was imposed-Lagos, Abuja and Ogun will be allowed to open between 10 am and 2 pm daily.

Aliyu Sani, the national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, said this on Wednesday, March 1, 2020, during a briefing by members of the task force.

“For markets, only shops and stalls selling food and groceries shall be allowed to open to customers between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm,” he said.

Meanwhile, for supermarkets and food stores, their opening hours must be between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm and all owners and managers have been warned to screen staff and customers before entry.

“On arrival, all staff must be screened for a high temperature and all those found to have a high body temperature above 38, will be denied entry and advised to seek immediate medical attention.

“All deliveries for supplies and products for these supermarkets must be made between the hours of 5:00 am and 9:00 am,” Sani added.

He further stated that at any point in time, the total number of customers inside each store must not exceed a third of the store’s total capacity.

After their closure at 4:00 pm, Sani urged shop owners to ensure that all shelves, aisles, and stores are cleaned and disinfected and by 6:00 pm, the staff is conveyed back to their respective homes.


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