22 April 2020 – Major markets closed in Ekiti

Type of Intervention: Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Supply Chains, Civil Defence
Level of Jurisdiction: State (Ekiti)
Lead People/Agency: The Ekiti state government ordered the closure of the the major markets. The special Advisers to the state Governor on Public Affairs and Media, Chief Nyi Ojo, and Mrs Mary Osho-Omotosho, respectively, said in Ado Ekiti, at a media enlightenment forum, that the new order would take full effect, on Thursday, when government was expected to relax current curfew, and allow residents to move about between 6:00am-2:00pm.

Overview: Closure of major markets in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital and Ikere Ekiti, the next largest town. The Government disclosed that the measure became necessary in order to contain and curtail the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the state and the need to fully enforce the social distancing order in such places.
Full details here: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2020/04/covid-19-ekiti-government-orders-closure-of-major-markets/

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Learning from other jurisdictions, Perception of an increased threat
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – government
Evidence/Justification: According to Chief Niyi Ojo, the lockdown was necessary because of the recent confirmed case of another COVID-19 case, who had over 70 contacts, had put the state on high risk, considering the numbers of places and people she had contact with.