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Lockdown: Public service resumes on May 4



… Schools, churches, others to wait

PUBLIC service will resume on May 4, nationwide for normal official work.

  National Coordinator of Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, stated this yesterday at the daily briefing by the agency, explaining that the resumption will be based on specific grade levels.

  According to him, banks, construction and manufacturing industries as well as food processing companies will also resume.

  He however said that restaurants, schools and churches would resume on a date to be announced later.

  Disclosing that temperature test, respiratory hygiene and restriction of gathering to not more than 20 persons will be introduced for those resuming operations, Aliyu added that  the PTF would be engaging with state governments to make sure that the PTF have a common approach to the opening of offices.

  “For government offices, government staff will be allowed to resume from the 4th of May but it will be based on specific grade levels and specific days so that we can reduce the amount of congestion that we might have in our government offices and we will be discussing further with state governments to make sure that we have a common approach to this.

Banks will be allowed to open but there will be restriction in the opening hours to between 8am to 2pm and together with all the other preventive measures I have already mentioned. In addition to this, from the point of agriculture and rural development, companies involved in food processing can commence operation.

In construction sites, critical roads will be allowed but waivers will be provided by state governments to enable movement. For the manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries, we will encourage shift work and limiting staff to only 30 to 50 per cent to maintain social distancing and pharmacy shops may remain open overnight,” Aliyu said.

  The coordinator equally explained that restrictions on social gatherings remain suspended pending review of the new measures put in place by the government.

  “Restaurant will not be opened to the public but will be allowed to engage in home delivery of food. Schools will remain closed till further evaluation. Schools are encouraged to continue with e-learning and virtual teaching Social activities such as the use of recreational parks.

 Communal sports, concert, social parties and movie theaters will be suspended until further review.

Neighborhood markets will continue to open with the same standard and restrictions that we have applied in the past as well as supermarkets, and retail stores,” he continued.

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