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PTF proclaims guidelines for easing of lockdown



PRESIDENTIAL Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has announced guidelines for easing of lockdown.

  National Coordinator, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu made this known at the body’s daily national briefing, yesterday in Abuja.

  The coordinator said the emphasis laid on the lockdown was in its strict sense, a shift from one set of intervention to another; an effort from the government to ameliorate the sufferings of the people as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and not a declaration of freedom from the virus.

  According to him, “as Mr. President announced, effective from Monday, 4th of May, there will be an imposition of organised curfew from 8:00pm to 6:00am. General movement outside the curfew periods will not be tolerated by the law enforcement agencies.”

  He advised Nigerians to restrict themselves to their local government areas during the lockdown relaxation period, but excluded those who live in metropolitan areas and those on essential assignments.

  Speaking further, Aliyu emphasised that inter-state travels are restricted to only those involved in the supply team and services such as goods, petroleum products and oil services among others.

  “Within state borders, there are certain aspects that will apply across the border. Those in businesses should ensure that they provide hand sanitisers to their customers. Any person going into public area is as well expected to observe the safety measures, such as wearing of face mask, washing of hands, social distancing and use of sanitizers”.

  He added that construction sites of critical roads will be allowed with measures provided by the state government to check any illegal movements.

  “We will introduce temperature checks, ensure that respiratory hygiene is followed, and general restriction of gatherings exceeding 20 persons.” He said.

  For the pharmaceutical companies, pharmacies may remain open overnight from Monday, May 4, assuring that the government will encourage shifting, warning that their staffers should be limited to only 30-50, while government workers will be allowed to resume based on specific grade levels same day.

  He further stated that schools shall continue to remain closed while other social engagements remain banned.

  He reiterated the need for everybody to maintain social distancing in addition to other preventive measures already in place and urged those who have tested positive to present themselves to the clinics for proper testing.

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