Some Kaduna residents have taken advantage of the State Government’s imposed 24-hour curfew to curb Coronavirus Disease spread, to get their bodies in shape, newsmen report.
Some of them were seen on Tuesday by 6am jogging and trekking, while maintaining the social distancing restriction.
The residents, who spoke in separate interviews with newsmen, said that exercise was the only way to keep in shape and maintaining their sanity while the curfew lasts.
Jenifer Andrew, a banker, said she goes out to jog or walk every morning in order to keep in shape.
“This curfew has provided me the time to get outside my house to jog or walk,” Andrew said.
A Gym Instructor, Michel Omale, said with most of the gyms closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distance restriction, people were forced to jog outside.
Omale said: “The Coronavirus pandemic is limiting where people can go to.
“Gyms can become crowded so people go outside the streets for more privacy or nowadays to observe and keep social distancing.”
Omale said people had been mindful of keeping the social distancing on the streets while jogging.
“As I am jogging, I see that when people come around congested areas they move to the other side of the road,” he said.
A resident in one of the Barnawa Estates, Ehis Emmanuel, who was riding a bike along Barnawa Road, said the number of people out on the streets exercising was the largest he had ever seen on a weekday.
Emmanuel said: “With more hours left for people in a day, exercise is a sure way to maintaining our sanity.
“To occupy my mind and time, I decided to start biking every day for a round trip of six kilometers.
“I want to see how many kilometers I can cover on my bike before this coronavirus thing is over.”
Newsmen report that the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development had ordered immediate shutting down of sporting facilities within the North West Zone as a result of the fast-spreading Coronavirus.