COVID-19: Rivers Reopens Markets, Says Nightclubs, Bars Remain Closed

The Rivers State Government has announced the reopening of all markets in the state about five months after their closure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Nyesom Wike, who gave announced the reopening in a state-wide broadcast on Monday, said the reopening of the markets took effect from 7am on Tuesday, August 18 (today), adding that they would close at 6pm daily.

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

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The governor stated, “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.

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

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“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 also 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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