Members of Nigeria's Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 at a recent media briefing in Abuja, FCT.

Wear no nose mask, face prosecution, warns PTF on COVID-19

* Notes anybody with temperature above 38ºC should return home 

* Someone attending a gathering of more than 20 will be prosecuted ─PTF Chairman

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

In view of the Nigerian authorities’ recent decision to ease the current full lockdown earlier declared as a measure to curtail the further spread of COVID-19 pandemic, coming into effect Monday, May 4, the Federal Government has announced that anyone found moving about without a nose mask will be prosecuted.

ConsumerConnect reports that the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, stated this in a document in Abuja, FCT, Friday, May 1 as part of the guidelines released for the implementation of the “phased and gradual easing of the lockdown”.

Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of PTF on COVID-19, who endorsed the five-page document noted that banks and offices would reopen next week.

However, Mustapha asserted that educational institutions would still remain shut nationwide as precautionary steps to prevent the spread of the virus in the country.

The PTF Chairman said: “In line with Mr. President’s directives in paragraphs 34 to 41 of his broadcast, the Presidential Task Force has developed guidelines.

“The gradual reopening of the economy will stand a total of six weeks broken into three tranches of two weeks each.

“To the avoidance of doubt, the following clarifications are provided – The overnight curfew is applicable nationwide.

“The interstate travels are banned except for the movement of goods, agro products, petroleum products, essential services as directed by Mr. President,” Mustapha stated.

He further disclosed that anyone found with a temperature above 38ºC would be directed to return home.

The document read in part: “Anyone who presents a temperature of above 38ºC will be mandated to return home and call NCDC (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control) for evaluation.

“Anyone without a face mask/covering will be asked to return home, and will be prosecuted.
“Anyone violating the curfew in a non-emergency situation will be prosecuted.

Anyone attending a gathering of more than 20 people will be prosecuted.”

According to the Task Force on CPVID-19, “any member of the public who violates the ban on interstate movement as outlined in this guideline will be prosecuted.”

It is recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the total lockdown in Lagos, Ogun States, and Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, as part of measures to curb the spread of the deadly disease.

President Buhari, in his second national broadcast on Coronavirus lockdown Monday, April 27 announced that there would be a gradual easing of the lockdown in the two states and FCT from May 4, 2020.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Task Force has advised Nigerians who do not have any important reason to go out to remain indoors as the fight against Coronavirus epidemic continues.

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