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Coronavirus Update: Ondo orders closure of markets

The Ondo State Government has issued new measures to control the spread of coronavirus with the immediate order for closure of all markets, malls and shops in the state.

This announcement was made known to the general public by the commissioner for information, Donald Ojogo, on Tuesday he said that the decision followed the executive council meeting which held on Monday, March 23, 2020.

He said this closure is for a period of seven days for now, only the sale of life-saving and sustaining items like food, water and medicals shall be allowed. He also added that the governor as repeatedly that the suspension of all political gatherings is still in place. Therefore any forms of campaigning for the upcoming Local Government Election in the state should also be suspended.

He added that the governor has also cancelled all his official engagements, the order includes courtesy calls and all engagements already approved and slated before now this shall all last for a period of 14 days for now. The Governor has also asked co-operation and understanding from all residents of the state.

The governor, in his earlier announcements, had directed the security agencies to ensure that the order is obeyed across the state. The police in Ondo State have also said that it would arrest any person violating the shutdown order. The immediate closure of the markets is different from that of Lagos which had allowed until Thursday to allow residents stockpile food items before the closure becomes effective on Friday.

Nonetheless, according to the Ondo State government, residents would still be allowed to purchase food items during the period of the market closure. Meanwhile, the police spokesman, Tee-Leo Ikoro, advised residents of Ondo State to adhere strictly to the orders of the state government.

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