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Worship centers to reopen in Kaduna – El Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has directed churches and mosques to reopen across Kaduna.

Meanwhile, he said that Christians can only congregate on Sunday while Muslims are to attend only Jumu’ah service at the mosque for the time being.

He made the announcement in a state broadcast, stating that the conditions for reopening worship centers will be for them to strictly adhere to safety rules and stipulations.

He as well approved the reopening of motor parks in Kaduna under the condition that transport operators will limit the number of passengers they carry. He was specific that not more than two passengers per row and not more than 50% capacity.

Governor El Rufai also mentioned that the amendment quarantine order would begin from Wednesday, June 10.

He also ordered that personal service providers like barbers and hairstylists as well as the super market should reopen, while hotels can open fully except for their restaurants and bars which are only allowed to give room service.

The governor also relaxed restrictions on intra-state travel but travels will not be allowed by night because of the curfew which is expected to last from 8 pm to 5 am, he also mentioned that businesses can reopen but should have thermometers to check the temperature of every customer as well as provide hand sanitizers and handwashing equipment and physical distancing should be observed within their premises.

He mentioned that working hours will be limited from 9 am to 3 pm daily, noting that civil servants will get back to work in stages which would be made known by the Head of Service.

Governor El Rufai warned that with the present stage of Covid19 containment, it was still unsafe for the schools and markets to reopen.

He said that they will still engage with the relevant stakeholders on the matter to decide the right time and condition precedent.

The governor, therefore, advised residents to take responsibility and adhere to safety guidelines.

He warned that they could decide to reimpose the quarantine order if there is an increase in the level of Covid19 infections or if residents are not fully complying with the conditions set for the relaxation of the restrictions.

As regards the border closure, the governor has said they will continue to visit the borders to restrict inter-state travels to Kaduna.

In addition, he said that security checkpoints will be allowed to operate only at the stated curfew hours.

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