Rivers reopens markets while bars, nightclubs remain closed

Rivers state governor,  Nyesom Wike
Emeh Joy

Rivers State Government has announced that markets in the state are to be opened about five months after their closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The state governor, Nyesom Wike announced the reopening in a state-wide broadcast on Monday and said the reopening of the markets would take effect from 7 a.m on Tuesday, August 18. He added that the closing time would be 6 p.m daily.

He, however, said the Rumukwurushe Oil Mill Market and Oginiba Slaughter Market, both in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state would remain close just as he added that churches could operate at 50 per cent of their hall capacity.

"Any market that opens to the public and fails to comply strictly with protocols shall be closed down. The market managers shall be prosecuted, while the contravening shops shall be forfeited to the state government without notice", he said.

The state governor further said, "Similarly, churches can now hold services with 50 per cent of their hall capacity provided the leadership can enforce the wearing of face masks and washing of hands at the entrance by worshippers.

"The ban on outdoor sports activities at the Port Harcourt Club, Golf Club and the Port Harcourt Polo Club is also lifted. Members of these clubs must comply with the established COVID-19 protocols or risk another closure.

"In addition, all night clubs, cinemas, bars and in-service restaurants remain banned until further notice. The established restrictions on public burials and weddings are also still in force".

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