FG Ease Nationwide Curfew, Orders ‘Restrictive Opening’ of Worship Centers

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Kosisochukwu Anokwuru

The Federal Government has ordered the easing of the nationwide curfew, while directing the “restrictive opening” of worship centers in line with the agreement on containment protocols reached between the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on Covid-19 and the state governments.

The PTF stated the position of FG during its daily briefing in Abuja on Monday.

According to the PTF, the 8pm to 6pm curfew imposed on the country during the first eased lockdown will now take place between 10pm and 4am in the second phase for a period of four weeks.

It said the phase two of the lockdown also places a ban on interstate movement, gatherings with more than 20 people among others, stressing that since the country is faced with communal transmission of the virus, it is expected that states and local governments now drive the measures in their areas of jurisdiction.

The PTF also disclosed that FG has green-lighted the full reopening of financial sectors across the nation, adding that proactive measures are been taken by the Aviation Industry to see how domestic flights can commence as of June 21.

It added that hotels in the country could reopen effective from June 2, but must observe all mandatory non-pharmaceutical intervention.

When commenting on the reopening of hotels, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, said: “Effective from Tuesday, June 2, the easing of the lockdown will be characterised by the following:

“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 priotize and continue practicing the take-away system. “Bars, gyms, cinemas and night clubs are closed till further evaluation.”

Speaking on the reopening of schools, Minister of State, Education, Hon. Emeka Nwajiuba again reiterated that ban on the reopening schools is still potent, saying the government would not expose its children to the virus until medical experts deems it fit for educational institutions to be reopened.

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