BY SUNNY A. DAVID
Social distance as stipulated by the  Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, was violated yesterday as thousands of traders waited for Onitsha Main Market to open.
The crowd converged at the market on hearing that the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has relaxed the lockdown in the State over Coronavirus.
With the news of the suspension of the lockdown in the State, the traders troop out enmass waiting for the market to open.
However, Governor Obiano, after a closed-door meeting with Market Union on Monday, said the market will be open by next week precisely 4th May, 2020.
The Governor said markets will open only after they must have participated in the training organized by the state government.
According Dr. Obiano, each market must have a COVID-19 team that will have the responsibility of enforcing COVID-19 preventive codes and guidelines which includes compulsory wearing of face masks, provision of running water, hand sanitizers, physical distancing, among others.
The Governor urged industrialists in the State to re-open, but having the COVID-19 directives in mind. He stressed that the only condition for re-opeining of the markets is to have the COVID-19 teams ready, saying that markets which are not ready, will not be allowed to open.
Meanwhile, photos below showed traders who hung around waiting for the market which pride itself as the biggest market in West Africa to open.

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