COVID-19 lockdown: Nigerian government reduces curfew hours

Nigeria has further relaxed restriction of movement as announced 2 weeks ago in the first phase of the eased lockdown imposed by the Nigerian government to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

The Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha said this during the daily COVID-19 situation press briefing held  in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Boss Mustapha said after evaluating the situation over the past weeks, the Nigerian has approved the reduction of the curfew hours which was from 8pm to 6pm to the new approved time of 10pm to 4am.

The new directive takes effect from the 2nd of june and would last till the 29th June, 2020.

As at the time of the briefing, Nigeria had recorded over 10, 000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus with over 3000 cases of people who recovered from the disease and 287 deaths.

The Presidential Task Force chairman said that despite the increase in the number of cases, the PTF was confident that Nigeria could move into the second phase towards a gradual reopening of the Nigerian economy.

Apart from the relaxation of curfew time, some other guidelines  mentioned were:

  • Ban of gatherings of more than 20 people outside of a workplace
  • Relaxation of restriction on places of Worship based on guidelines issued by the PTF and Protocols agreed by State Governments. 
  • Managed access to markets and locations of economic activity to limit the risk of transmission
  • Ban on inter-state travels except for movement of agricultural produce, petroleum products, manufactured goods and essential services;
  • Mandatory use of non-medical face masks in public places;
  • Mandatory provision of handwashing facilities/sanitisers in all public places;
  • Extensive temperature checks in public places;
  • Maintaining 2 metres between people in public places;
  • Strengthening infection prevention and control at healthcare facilities;
  • Isolation of vulnerable populations (elderly and those with underlying health conditions)
  • Massive information and education campaigns.
  • Deepening of collaborative efforts with the community leaders, civil society, faith-based organisations, traditional institutions, etc;
  • Continuous mobilisation of State governments to take up greater role in the implementation of the guidelines and advisories provided by the PTF;
  • Continued provision of support by the NCDC to States through guidelines to shape decision-making in responding to high burden LGAs and Wards.

In addition to the new guidelines, Boss Mustapha announced that the total lockdown in Kano would also be eased to the phase 1 stage; which is a partial restriction of movement.

Source: Voice of Nigeria