The Government of Borno State has suspended the lockdown directive issued earlier last month in the state to curb the spread of global pandemic COVID-19.
During a live broadcast on 13th of May 2020, the State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, said that there had been significant progress in the fight against the disease over the three weeks following the stringent measure applied by the government.
Governor Zulum, while saying that the use of face mask in public places was compulsory, stated:
The lockdown being suspended indefinitely is to study the situation for the time being, however where the situation escalate government should revert to status quo.
Government, traditional rulers, religious leaders, community leaders and opinion leaders should enforce social distancing, especially in public gatherings/worship places. There should be restriction on public gatherings, especially funeral processions/rights, weddings, naming ceremonies etc. to not more than 20 people.
He re-emphasised that all medical consultations by Pharmacies and patients medicine stores that are related to COVID-19 or similar ailment should be referred to the government hospital as defaulters of this directive would be prosecuted.
On no account government hospitals should reject any patient whether because of COVID-19 or other ailments.
Government should study the Federal Government’s agreement with health unions with a view to implementing it at the state level.
All Churches shall conduct church services as recommended by Christian Association of Nigeria Bormo Chapter in strict adherence with social distancing and use of facemasks.
He said that the ban on the sales and consumption of liquor and other intoxicating substances was still enforced and that defaulters would be dealt with in accordance with the law, while all vehicles, including tricycles, must ensure the use of face mask.
The Governor also stated that appropriate measures are being put in place to enforce restrictions at all entry and exit points across the state.
All drivers of exempted vehicles bringing in essential goods into Maiduguri will be subjected to Covid-19 test at the point of entry into the state.
The Covid-19 Pandemic Response Committee will continue to monitor the situation as they unfold and appropriate action will be taken accordingly.
He added that Civil Servants between grade level one and 12 should continue to work from home except directed otherwise.