By; FUNMI ADERINTO, Kaduna
Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Dr Hadiza Balarabe has explained measures that residents should take in order to check the rising spread of the COVID-19 disease and prevent a lockdown.
Dr Balarabe noted that facemasks must cover the mouth and nose as they should not be worn on the chin as most people do, adding that ‘’ large gatherings are henceforth prohibited.’’
Speaking during the interview, she said that ‘’businesses must provide thermometers for temperature checks, and sanitizers or handwashing equipment and physical distancing measures within all facilities.
‘’Places of worship must enforce facemasks, provide sanitisers and ensure physical distancing. The number of worshippers will be capped. Congregational worship should not exceed one hour.’’
According to the Deputy Governor, transport operators must reduce capacity to not more than two passengers per row and not more than 50% of capacity and passengers must all be masked up
Dr Balarabe, who is the Chair of the State Covid-19 Taskforce, also said that ‘’supermarkets and providers of personal services such as hair dressing and barbing salons can remain open, but service providers and customers must use facemasks and limit crowds.’’
The Deputy Governor who is also a medical doctor, further directed that ‘’hotels can remain open, but their restaurants and bars can offer only room service. Restaurants are restricted to takeaway services only.’’
‘’Event centres, night clubs, gymnasiums and bars and lounges are to close until further notice,’’ she added.