Dr. Sani Aliyu, PTF National Coordinator

COVID-19: Nigeria reopens religious centres, eases nationwide curfew

* Orders full operations in financial sector

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Nigeria has lifted the ban on religious worship centres and gatherings in line with the Coronavirus pandemic prevention guidelines and protocols.

Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19 announced this Monday, June 1 during the regular briefing of the Task Force in Abuja, FCT, reports Channels TV.

Likewise, Dr. Sani Aliyu, PTF National Coordinator, briefing reporters in Abuja Monday disclosed that the PTF on COVID-19 had reduced the nationwide curfew from 10p.m. to 4a.m.

According to Dr. Aliyu, “effective from tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, the easing of the lockdown will be characterised by the following: The nationwide curfew will remain in place but the timing of this will be reduced to 10p.m-4a.m.”

“And just to clarify, the purpose of the curfew is to limit social interactions and, therefore, reduce the risk of transmission of the virus.”

He said that persons who are on essential duty remain exempted from the curfew as the nation moves into the second phase of the gradual easing of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Such persons include healthcare and media services providers, as well as those working in the nation’s critical sectors, he stressed.

The PTF national coordinator also announced the reopening of the nation’s financial sector, saying that they would be fully operational.

He stated: “There will be a full opening of the financial sector, with banks now allowed to operate normal working hours – five days a week.

“The mass gathering of 20 people outside of a workplace or places of worship remains prohibited.”

“There will be controlled access to markets and locations of economic activities, but local authorities will continue to provide guidance on opening times.”

He explained that the restricted opening of places of worship would be based on the protocols of the respective state governments across the Nigerian Federation.

On movement from one state to the other, Aliyu said, “all interstate travels by individuals remain prohibited except for essential travel and the movement of goods and services.

“Just to make it clear, all restrictions on the free movement of goods and services are now removed in this phase.”

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