BREAKING: FG Lifts Ban on Interstate Travel, Approves Reopening of Schools For Graduating Students

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The Federal Government has lifted the ban on interstate travel and has approved the reopening of schools for students in graduating classes.

Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation and chairman of the presidential task force, broke the news at the presidential task force briefing on Monday.

“​I am pleased to inform you that Mr. President has carefully considered the 5th Interim Report of the PTF and has accordingly approved that, with the exception of some modifications to be expatiated upon later, the Phase Two of the eased lockdown be extended by another four weeks with effect from Tuesday, June 30, 2020 through Midnight of Monday, 27 July, 2020,” he said.

​”Specifically, however, the following measures shall either remain in place or come into effect:

“Maintaining the current phase of the national response, for another four weeks in line with modifications to be expatiated by the National Coordinator;

“Permission of movement across State borders only outside curfew hours with effect from 1st July, 2020;

“Enforcement of laws around
non-pharmaceutical interventions by States, in particular, the use of face masks in public places;

“Safe reopening of schools to allow students in graduating classes resume in-person in preparation for examinations.”

Other classes remain closed for further evaluation with schools, including tertiary institutions, encouraged to continue with e-learning and visual teaching.

Drivers have been directed to only fill 50% capacity of their vehicles during travels.

Movement across state boundaries are allowed only outside of curfew hours of 10 pm to 4 am, according to Mustapha.

Domestic aviation service will also resume as soon as “practicable in line with existing international and local guidelines on COVID-19” according to the new measures announced on Monday.

Parks, gyms, cinemas, event centres and nightclubs remain closed.

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