The Akwa Ibom State Government has announced the reopening of Livestock Markets in the State.
This was communicated in a press release issued by Secretary to State Government and Chairman of the State COVID-19 Management Committee, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, on Monday, August 17.
According to the release, the reopening was necessitated by the “extant COVID-19 guidelines and protocols and the agreement reached by the livestock dealers association and the state government on the procedure for re-opening of the livestock markets”.
“The dealers and general public are advised to adhere strictly to the AKSG/NCDC/WHO COVID-19 Guidelines and Protocols for public places. These guidelines and protocols include:
1. Proper use of face masks at all times within the markets
2. Provision of facilities for hand washing and personal hygiene
3. Maintaining Social Distancing
4. Provision of Proper sewage and other waste material disposal mechanisms”, the release stressed.
It would be recalled that Governor Udom Emmanuel had directed the closure of livestock markets earlier, as part of the COVID 19 restrictions in the State.
The re-opening takes effect from 6am on Tuesday, August 18, 2020