Akwa Ibom has announced the reopening of hotels and relaxation centres as part of efforts to unlock the economy which was shut following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
The hospitality industry has been reportedly had hit by the COVID-19 losing unprecedented revenue from bookings in the first half of the year.
In addition, the curfew which had been imposed at the height of the crisis from 8 pm to 6 am has now been relaxed to begin from 10 pm till 6 am everyday.
Emmanuel Ekuwem, secretary to the state government said in a statement that Governor Udom Emmanuel has approved a “review of the subsisting curfew to start from 10pm to 6am daily with effect from Tuesday , August 04, 2020,” as well as the reopening of hotels and relaxation centres.
It stated that “all hotels and leisure centres in the state are urged to ensure strict compliance with the World Health Organisation (WHO) COVID-19 guidelines and protocols that are applicable to the hospitality and allied services operations.”
According to Ekuwem, monitoring teams, comprising COVID-19 Management Committee and Akwa Ibom State Hotels Management and Tourism Board will enforce strict compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.
Akwa Ibom has a total of 221 confirmed cases with 64 active patients and 12 death.