President Mohammadu Buhari has approved a four-week third phase of eased restrictions with further amendments, to address economic, socio-political and health concerns of the National Response on COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in the country.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation and chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF), on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha announced the president’s approval during the Presidential Task Force daily briefing today in Abuja. He said the PTF believes that while Nigeria is not ready for a full re-opening of the economy, there has been sufficient progress to warrant significant further relaxation of the restrictions applied.
The SGF also said the president has approved the extension of the mandate of the PTF until the end of December, 2020 and collaboration between the Federal and State organs to harmonize the country’s COVID-19 response.
in the third phase of the ease of lockdown, curfew will be from 12 midnight through 4am.
National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu however, explained that people on essential service and travellers returning from abroad are exempted from the curfew.
He said all limitations to land travels have been lifted and markets across the country can now open and operate all day while cinemas and amusement parks can also operate, with the exception of bars and night
clubs. Aliyu urged states considering reopening their schools to conduct risks assessment before doing so, to enable the safety of all vulnerable groups.