Federal government of Nigeria opens churches, mosques, curfew time changes

Federal government of Nigeria opens churches, mosques, curfew time changes

The federal government of Nigeria has further relaxed coronavirus induced restrictions which first kicked off on March 31.

Churches and mosques are now allowed to open their doors for worship in accordance with guidelines or protocols handed by state governments.

According to the president’s new media aide, Tolu Ogunlesi, the following will now apply:

  • Nationwide curfew remains in place, timing now 10pm—4am. (No longer 8pm to 6am).
  • Full opening of financial sector. That is, banks and the likes will now open all through normal working hours. 
  • Restricted opening of places of worship, (regular church and mosque services ONLY), to be based on state government protocols.
  • Interstate travel remains prohibited except for goods and essential travel.
  • Gathering of more than 20 persons remains prohibited; outside of workplaces and religious services.
  • The aviation industry has been requested to start developing protocols for domestic flights to possibly resume from June 21.
  • Schools are still closed.
  • Bars, gyms, cinemas, nightclubs, parks remain closed until further evaluation.
  • Hotels may reopen.
  • Restaurants outside of hotels must remain closed for eat-in.
  • Specific Restrictions
  • Offices are expected to maintain 2 meter physical distancing + 75% maximum capacity.
  • All guidelines are as issued by #PTFCOVID19. 
  • Guidelines to be implemented/ enforced by state governments. 
  • All permitted openings (hotels, religious services etc) to maintain non-pharmaceutical interventions (masks, sanitizers/handwashing, 2m distancing, capacity limits, etc).
  • The June 21 date for opening of domestic flights is tentative. Certain conditions have to be fulfilled between now and that date.
  • Aircraft have to be good and safe to fly (checks/maintenance) with necessary recertifications + medicals for pilots/crew.
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During the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing of Monday, Boss Mustapha, who is Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the PTF, announced that President Buhari had approved the relaxation of the ban for four weeks.

“The PTF submitted its recommendations and the president has approved the following for implementation over the next four weeks spanning 2nd – 29th June, 2020, subject to review.”

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