The government of Borno State has proceeded the suspension of the lockdown imposed on non-essentials movements, following significants progress recorded in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in Borno State.
The deputy Governor to the state government, Alhaji Umar Kadafu, who doubled as the Chairman of the state’s High-Powered Response Teams for the Preventions and Control of Coronavirus, announced this in his statement at Maiduguri on Wednesday.
He further stated: “In furtherance of the efforts to contains and eradicate this deadly scourge, the High Powered Committees wishes to inform the indefinite suspensions of the Lockdown for the main time.”
Kadar attributes the successes recorded in the state to the stringent measures adopted to contain the virus, which had yielded the desired result.
According to him, the suspension of lockdown was to study the situation, noting that the government will not hesitate to revert to the status quo if the pandemic escalate.
He declared the use of face mask in all public places to be mandatory in the state as he directed all religious leaders, government officials, traditional rulers, community and opinion leaders to strictly adhere to the enforcement of social/physical distancing in places of worship and social gathering.
“Henceforth, Jumma’at prayers and five daily prayers shall be observed in all mosques as recommended by the Borno State Council of Ulamas.
“Churches shall also conduct services as recommended by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
“All congregations must be observed based on strict principles of COVID-19 preventive measures which included social distancing, use of face mask and hand sanitizer,” he said.