Nigerian singer, Simi has said the decision by the Federal Government to open markets for four hours daily could backfire on the measures taken to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
The Federal Government had through the COVID-19 taskforce announced that all markets in states where a lockdown was imposed (Lagos, FCT, and Ogun) will be allowed to open between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm daily.
This was revealed by the National Co-ordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Aliyu Sani, on Wednesday during a briefing by members of the task force.
“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.
Meanwhile, 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.
Reacting to the news, the singer took to her Twitter page and wrote: “It’s almost like washing ur plate and rinsing it with palmoil.”
It’s almost like washing ur plate and rinsing it with palmoil https://t.co/5SWfkoJRft
— Simi (@SympLySimi) April 1, 2020
Speaking further, Sani the total number of customers inside each store must not exceed a third of the store’s total capacity at each time, adding that shop owners must ensure that all shelves, aisles, and stores are cleaned and disinfected after their closure at 4:00 pm.