Governor Kayode Fayemi has announced a major lockdown of Ekiti State in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The lockdown will include restriction of movement and border closure for an initial period of two weeks beginning from Monday night.
Fayemi disclosed this in a state-wide broadcast aired on major media channels on Sunday morning.
Businesses are to close shop during this period, except those selling foodstuff, water, medicine and other essentials.
Also, religious activities and social gatherings are banned during the period, while commercial vehicles, commercial motorcycles and tricycles are also banned from operating during the two weeks restriction.
Violators of the stay-at-home order risk arrest and prosecution as well as fine and six months imprisonment if found guilty.
Fayemi said government needed to take the stringent measures in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the state, especially since many citizens were yet to accord the situation the seriousness it deserves.
According to the governor, “All businesses and other entities shall cease operations during this period except those involved in the provision of essential goods or services.
“Markets, retail shops and shopping malls must be closed, except where essential goods are sold and with strict hygienic conditions to prevent the exposure of persons to COVID-19.”
Fayemi, however, announced some palliative measures, especially for vulnerable members of the society and low paid workers who might feel the impact of the two-week lockdown.
This includes activation of food distribution scheme; stipends for self-employed citizens.