NEW DIRECTIVES – CURFEW EXTENDED: HOW SCHOOLS, PLACES OF WORSHIP, OFFICES, HOTELS & OTHERS SHOULD REOPEN – NIGERIAN GOVT
A recent report has revealed the process and or method of easing the second phase of the lockdown on worship centers, offices and other firms.
In a report by Sani Aliyu – National coordinator of the Presidential TaskForce (PTF) on COVID-19 during a daily briefing on Monday, he released guidelines for the gradual easing of lockdown which according to him will take effect from today, Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020.
Recall that President Buhari had on April 27, 2020, announced the gradual easing of five weeks lockdown in FCT, Lagos and Ogun State which followed a directive of implementing a nationwide night curfew (8 p.m. to 6 a.m.) from May 4 to May 17.
According to the report, the first phase of the lockdown was subsequently extended by two weeks which elapses by midnight yesterday, being Monday, June 1, 2020.
To this effect, Boss Mustapha – Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) had disclosed that the second phase of the gradual easing of the lockdown will commence today being Tuesday, June 2, 2020 and of which he said will last for an initial period of four weeks.
The new directives released by the Federal Government following the easing of the lockdown comes in various sectors, they listed below:
According to Mr. Aliyu, it was stated that all banks in the country are allowed to resume fully from today. Recall that banks before now have been working on the hours of 8am – 2pm daily, but the new directives mandates they work for full hours and five working days of the week starting today, Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
The national coordinator has revealed that a change has been made in the nationwide curfew imposed by Mr. President. According to Aliyu, he said, “The existing nationwide curfew between the hours of 8pm to 6am imposed by President in a bid to curb the virus spread has been reviewed and changed. The curfew will now commence from the hours of 10pm through 4am on daily basis.
The restrictions on religious gatherings within the country have reportedly been lifted but on that note, it was stated that worship centers are allowed to open for worship based on state government’s protocols.
According to statement by Mr. Aliyu regarding this, he said, “Restricted opening of places of worship, (regular church & mosque services ONLY), will be based on State Government protocols and restrict guidelines on physical distancing and other non-pharmaceutical interventions”.
He noted that the gathering of more than 20 people is still highly prohibited.
He noted that gathering of more than 20 persons outside of workplaces or place of worship remains prohibited.
The already existing interstate ban remains in place, therefore all stated should adhere and avoid interstate travel.
According to Mr. Aliyu, he said, “Except foe essential services and or transporting of food commodities, interstate travel by individuals remains prohibited”.
On that note, he urged the security services to cooperate with the public to ensure goods are allowed free passage.
OFFICES/PLACES OF WORK
Government offices according to Mr. Aliyu are allowed to open for normal working days of the week which is from Mondays to Fridays.
On this note he gave directive to offices which must be followed strictly. He said, “Workers in offices are to maintain the two meters physical distances”.
Opening hours of government offices are between 9am and 2pm daily (from Mondays to Fridays). But regarding this, only those within the grade 14 and above will be allowed to come to work.
According to Mr. Aliyu, the aviation sector will begin to develop protocols that will lead to the resumption of domestic flights any time from June 21.
In a statement regarding this he said, “Aviation Industry requested to start developing protocols for domestic flights to possibly resume from June 21 onwards”.
“The social distancing is also applied to Airlines as they must ensure physical distancing by reducing passenger capacity, ensure the provision of sanitizers, and appropriate PPEs as well as carrying out temperature checks at the point of entry and departure and ensuring that airports are not congested by either travelers or airport staff” – He stated.
HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, SCHOOLS
Mr. Aliyu noted that hotels may open but must observe all non-pharmaceutical interventions.
He also said restaurants outside of hotels must remain closed for eat-in.
“In the aspect of schools, bars, gyms, cinemas, nightclubs, they are all still closed until further evaluation. Schools will remain closed until safety is assured” – he said.