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2nd phase of COVID-19 eased lock-down commences

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the second phase of the ease of lock-down to kick-start the economy.

Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha stated this at the daily briefing on Monday in Abuja.

According to the Chairman of the task force, the Second phase which spans from June 2—June 29 was approved after careful assessment and recommendation by the task force.

Mr. Mustapha said from the point of view of the PTF, Nigeria was ready to allow science and data determine a cautious advancement into the second phase.

National coordinator of the Task Force Dr. Sani Aliyu outlined some of the guidelines of the second phase of the eased lock-down to include reviewed curfew time which is now 10pm to 4am, a full opening of the financial sector such as banks which are to operate from Mondays to Fridays.

Dr. Aliyu said there will be restricted opening of worship centers for only regular services provided precautionary measures were in place.

The Aviation sector is to develop protocols for a possible re-opening of the sector on June 21.

Interstate travels however remains prohibited except for essential goods and services,  gathering of more than 20 persons outside work places and religious centers are also prohibited.

The National coordinator also emphasised that Schools remain closed till further notice.

Emmanuel Kutara

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