FG relaxes nationwide curfew, lifts ban on religious gatherings

The federal government of Nigeria has relaxed the nationwide curfew and lifted the ban on religious gathering across the country.

The government had imposed the curfew and ban on religious to check the spread of coronavirus.

But at the briefing of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Monday, Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation and chairman of the PTF, announced that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved new measures.

The nationwide curfew which previously starts from 8pm to 6am will now starts from 10pm – 4am, effective from tomorrow June 2.

“The PTF submitted its recommendations and the President has approved the following for implementation over the next four weeks spanning 2nd – 29th June, 2020, subject to review,” Mustapha said.

“Cautious advance into the Second Phase of the national response to COVID-19; application of science and data to guide the targeting of areas of on-going high transmission of COVID-19 in the country;

“Mobilisation of all resources at State and Local Government levels to create public awareness on COVID 19 and improve compliance with non-pharmaceutical interventions within communities; sustenance of key non-pharmaceutical interventions that would apply nationwide and include: ban of gatherings of more than 20 people outside of a workplace;

“Relaxation of restriction on places of Worship based on guidelines issued by the PTF and protocols agreed by state governments.”

The PTF says the interstate travel remains prohibited except for goods and essential travel, and all the schools are to remain closed for now.

The PTF also asked the Aviation Industry to start developing protocols for domestic flights to possibly resume from June 21.

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