The Chairman of Isoko South Local Government Council, Delta State, Sir Itiako Malik Ikpokpo has announced the shutdown of makeshift markets in the area indefinitely until the Covid-19 lockdown is lifted by the State Governor.
A statement issued by the Secretary to the Local Government Chairman, Hon. Dennis Obrogo said the unexpected shut down of formerly approved makeshift markets was as a result of the impossibility of having traders and buyers to maintain social distancing measure aimed at curbing the spread of the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic.
He advised sellers of essential food items to sell from their homes but must provide hand sanitizers, hand washing spots and must ensure social distancing between them and their customers.
The Chairman further said that abattoirs are to open between the hours of 8am to 12noon under the strict supervision of the Isoko South Task Force on Covid- 19.
“While government is not unmindful of the inconveniences of this directive on residents of Isoko South, it is however left with no choice in view of the devastating consequences of any form of public gathering in the wake of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic”, he stated.
The council chairman, therefore, appealed “for the understanding and cooperation of the people of Isoko South at this difficult time by complying with government stay at home order, imbibe the procotols of regular hand washing, use of hand santizers and social distancing to prevent the deadly virus”.