The Federal Government has directed that markets in states currently observing a lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic are allowed to open between the hours of 10am and 2 pm every 48 hours.
The National co-ordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Aliyu Sani, announced this during the daily press briefing by the taskforce in Abuja on Wednesday April 1.
“For markets, only shops and stalls selling food and groceries shall be allowed to open to customers between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm,” he said
Aliyu also instructed that for supermarkets and food stores, their opening hours must be between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm and all owners and managers have been warned to screen staff and customers before entry.
“On arrival, all staff must be screened for a high temperature and all those found to have a high body temperature above 38, will be denied entry and advised to seek immediate medical attention. All deliveries for supplies and products for these supermarkets must be made between the hours of 5:00 am and 9:00 am,” Sani added
He stressed that at no time should the total number of customers inside each store exceed a third of the store’s total capacity. He urged shop owners to ensure that all shelves, aisles and stores are cleaned and disinfected and by 6:00 pm, staff are conveyed back to their respective homes.
Continue to see a guideline of how markets are to operate during the lockdown as shared by the presidency.