Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday, April 21, has shut down the markets in the two towns; Ado Ekiti and Ikere Ekiti in the state from operating during the lockdown.
Fayemi said that food markets in the two towns with history of heavy population would no longer be allowed to operate during the lockdown.
He said the ban became necessary following increasing number of COVID-19 cases and the need to fully enforce the social distancing in such places.
The special advisers to the governor on Public Affairs and Media, Chief Nyi Ojo, and Mrs. Mary Osho-Omotosho said in Ado-Ekiti at a media enlightenment forum that the new order would take full effect from Wednesday, April 22.
Ojo said that the failure of some traders and residents to comply with the precautionary measures put in place by the government to check the spread of the pandemic were also being considered.
Ojo, who listed the affected markets to include Oja Oba, Bisi Market and Shasha Market, asked residents who wished to restock their homes with food items to limit their purchases to their neighbourhood until further notice.
He said the recent confirmed case of another COVID-19 case, who had over 70 contacts, had put the state on a high risk considering the numbers of places and people she had contact with.
Mrs. Osho-Omotosho pleaded with the traders to adhere to the stay-at-home order and stop trading at the markets, to avoid sanctions from the government.
She urged the public to bear with the government, explaining that it was aware of the inconveniences and hardship the lockdown had caused them.
“Every step taken by the government is in the best interest of citizens,” she said.