The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has unveiled new directives regarding the ease of lockdown in Nigeria.
Speaking at its daily press briefing in Abuja, the National Coordinator of the President Taskforce, Dr Sani Aliyu, announced that the nationwide curfew has been adjusted from 10pm to 4am.
He said, “Effective from tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, the easing of the lockdown will be characterised by the following: The nationwide curfew will remain in place but the timing of this will be reduced to 10pm to 4am.
“And just to clarify, the purpose of the curfew is to limit social interactions and, therefore, reduce the risk of transmission of the virus,” he added.
The task force team also weighed in on schools, revealing that they would remain closed “for now”. Meanwhile, the aviation sector were asked to begin to develop protocols that will lead to the resumption of domestic flights any time from June 21.
Aliyu stated this during the Monday a briefing. He said, “The aviation industry is requested to start developing protocols to allow for domestic flights to resume anytime from the 21st of June onwards.
“Airlines must ensure physical distancing by reducing passenger capacity and ensure the provision of sanitisers and personal protective equipment as well as carrying out temperature checks at the point of entry and departure and ensuring that airports are not congested by either travellers or airports staff.”
The report also placed a relaxation of the restriction placed on places of worship as part of measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, made this announcement while reaffirming that the ban on inter-state travel is still in place.
However, Aliyu added that banks in the country could resume ‘normal working hours’, effective June 2. He said, “Effective from Tuesday, June 2, the easing of the lockdown will be characterise by the following:
“There will be full opening of the financial sector with banks now allowed to operate normal working hours five days a week.”
Hotels in the country are also expected to resume reopen effective June 2. According to Sani, “Hotels may reopen but must observe all mandatory non-pharmaceutical intervention.”
“Restaurants other than those in hotels must remain closed for eating but are allowed to priotise and continue practicing the take-away system.
“Bars, gyms, cinemas and night clubs are closed till further evaluation.”
The national coordinator stressed that the goal of the review is to allow the full restoration of the Nigerian economy.
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