Bayelsa: Market sellers flout social distancing rules


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Just for illustration: Zarama market sellers flout social distancing rules

The Bayelsa State Task Force On COVID-19 on Thursday admonished traders at the Zarama market in Yenagoa LGA to observe social distancing as part of measures to contain the pandemic in the state.

The Task Force, during its surveillance function, visited the market to monitor the guidelines of the state government, amongst which was to allow the rural market to operate only Fridays

The Task Force security sub-committee, headed by the Technical Assistant on Security, Dr. Boma Spero-Jack, frowned at the lack of social distancing among those doing business at the market.

He said this was in clear breach of the COVID-19 directive that physical distancing must be practiced, even as the market operates only on Fridays.

According to him, traders are cautioned to stay away from the market on any other day in the week and not be involved in illegality.

Spero-Jack advised the traders to work closely with the task force by adhering to the various directives, particularly evacuating their stalls and moving their wares away from the highway to the area cleared for them to do their business.

He warned that the government would not hesitate to sanction those who violate the directives, particularly on social distancing, as the enforcement team would be deployed to ensure strict compliance.

Similarly, the Yenagoa Local Government Council Chairman, Nimizuoa Uroupaye, who accompanied members of the sub-committee to the market, advised the traders to adhere to the directives which were introduced to ènsure public safety.

In a related development, Dr. Inodu Akpoku, Chairman of the COVID-19 Task Force, said that the five confirmed persons infected by a coronavirus in the state were stable and recovering.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)reports that the five members of the same family are quarantined at the Niger Delta Teaching Hospital.

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