PTF On #COVID-19 Release Guidelines For Phase Two Of Eased Lockdown
The second phase of the gradual easing of the lockdown in the country has been extended by four weeks, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, had said on Thursday.
While speaking at the bi-weekly Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing, Mustapha said the extension of the second phase was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mustapha said, “After due consideration of the recommendations, Mr President approved the following: Maintaining the current phase of the National Response to COVID-19 for another four weeks in line with the modifications reflected in the report.
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, on Thursday also announced measures to begin the second phase of the eased lockdown nationwide.
During the media briefing, Dr Aliyu stated that, “effective from the early hours of today are the measures put in place for the second phase of the eased lockdown, which will be maintained, while addressing some specific aspects.”
• Maintaining the current nationwide curfew from 10pm to 4am;
• Maintaining the restrictions on mass gatherings with specific emphasis on protecting vulnerable populations;
• Gradual reopening of international air flights within established parameters;
• Reopening of rail transportation within established parameters;
•Granting permission to exit classes to resume ahead of examinations;
• Federal and State governmentt offices to operate normal working hours, but only essential staff from GL. 12 and above can resume work;
• Limit government meetings to virtual as much as possible while maintaining restrictions on physical meetings including official trips, oversight visits, and board meeting until further notice;
• Lifting of restrictions on outdoor communal sports and opening of recreational parks for supervised exercise;
• Mandatory use of non-medical facemasks in public spaces with access to government commercial premises to be denied for persons not wearing facemasks. ‘No mask, no entry. No mask, no service.
- “The restrictions in the education and entertainment sector as well as for activities that attract mass gathering such as operations of markets and worship centres remain.
It is believed that these steps will help consolidate the gains made thus far and position the country to effectively overcome the pandemic going forward.”