Ban on Churches, Mosque lifted by FG

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The ban on religious gathering across the country  has been lifted by the Federal Government on Monday.

This was disclosed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, at the daily media briefing in Abuja.

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 govt 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—TAKEOUT ONLY

  • 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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