On Thursday September 3, the Federal Government made new changes to its eased lockdown directives imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 during a press briefing in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
According to National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Sani Aliyu, the nationwide curfew has been adjusted from 12 midnight through 4am while noting that states should start making preparations for the full reopening of schools alongside National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camps.
Recall that back in June, the PTF reduced the nationwide curfew from 10pm to 4am in a bid to limit social interactions and, reduce the risk of transmission of the virus. Dr Aliyu, however, explained that people on essential service and travellers returning from abroad are exempted from the curfew.
“We are modifying the curfew to commence from 12 midnight to 4am nationwide, effective from 12:00 tonight. This does not apply to people on essential services and international travellers that might be returning from abroad,” he said.
He also stated that all limitations to land travels have been lifted and markets across the country can now open and operate all day. Similarly, the PTF national coordinated also stated that cinemas and amusement parks can also operate, with the exception of bars and night clubs, which he said, will remain closed.
Meanwhile, Dr Aliyu urged states considering reopening their schools to conduct risks assessment before doing so, to enable the safety of all vulnerable groups.
Aliyu said, “For educational institutions which include daycare, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. Educational institutions should begin the process of working towards potentially reopening within this phase.
However, we strongly recommend that states conduct risk assessment to ensure all schools are at a level of compliance and create a monitoring mechanism to assess, create, and monitor this level of preparedness.
Meanwhile, all daycares and educational institutions are to remain closed to in-classes until this level of risk is assessed. And if there will be opening of schools, it must be staged and preferably carried out in phases to ensure that this does not pose a risk to the general public and in particular to vulnerable groups that might end up getting infected by students going back home.”
Lastly Dr Aliyu noted that the National Youth Service Corps should start making preparations to reopen its orientation camps nationwide. According to him the task force is in the process of developing “strict guidelines” to forestall the outbreak of infections when NYSC camps reopen.
“For the National Youth Service Corps, the NYSC is to consolidate on safety measures currently being put in place and start preparing for the reopening of orientation camps when educational institutions open.
“We are in the process of developing strict guidelines to ensure there is no outbreak of Covid-19 when this process starts,” he reportedly said.
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