Coronavirus: Government issues guidelines to ease lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – In line with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari in his broadcast to Nigerians last Monday, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has issued guidelines that will apply to the easing of the lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun from May 4 to 17.

Chairman of the task force Boss Mustapha disclosed this in a correspondence with journalists yesterday.

The guideline mandates anyone in public spaces to use non-medical face mask. It prohibits interstate travel for non-essential workers and bans gathering of more than 20 people outside of a workplace.

It encourages people in workplaces and other public places to maintain a social distancing of up to 2 metres and strongly discourages movement between local government areas (LGA), except for critical reasons such as healthcare and work.

Interstate travel is allowed for supply chain and services, such as: goods, agro-products with a limited capacity of accompanying personnel, petroleum products, relief items, supplies, construction supplies, registered courier services (DHL, FedEx, etc.) and security services.

It permits people to go out for work or to buy food and exercise, but commercial buses will have to reduce their occupancy by half, taxis will be restricted to four (4) persons and tricycles to (3) persons, drivers inclusive.

Civil servants between grade level 14-17 will go to work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 8am to 2pm. Banks are to open for business within this timeframe as well.

Schools are to remain closed till further evaluation and encouraged to continue e-learning and virtual teaching.

‘The level of compliance with these guidelines will be reviewed in 2 weeks before additional guidelines for phase 2 is issued,’ the document concluded.

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