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COVID-19: FG lifts ban on inter-state movement, opens schools for graduating students…Airlines to resume operations




Abdullahi Gulloma

The federal government Monday announced the extension of the eased lockdown by four weeks to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the country.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the Presidential Task Force on the Control of COVID-19, Mr Boss Mustapha, who announced this at a briefing in Abuja, said the ban on inter-state movement has been lifted.

He said inter-state movement would only be restricted within the curfew hours effective July 1, 2020.

He said schools would be safely re-opening to allow students in graduating classes resume in-person in preparation for their examinations.

He said resumption of domestic flights was also given a nod, saying measures have been taken to curb the impact of the virus in the country.”​I am pleased to inform you that Mr. President has carefully considered the 5th Interim Report of the PTF and has accordingly approved that, with the exception of some modifications to be expatiated upon later, the Phase Two of the eased lockdown be extended by another four weeks with effect from Tuesday, June 30, 2020 through Midnight of Monday, 27 July, 2020.

“The following measures shall either remain in place or come into effect:maintaining the current phase of the national response, for another four weeks in line with modifications to be expatiated by the National Coordinator

“Permission of movement across State borders only outside curfew hours with effect from 1st July, 2020, enforcement of laws around non-pharmaceutical interventions by States, in particular, the use of face masks in public places; safe re-opening of schools to allow students in graduating classes resume in-person in preparation for Examinations.

Others include safe reopening of domestic aviation services as soon as practicable including publication of revised guidelines around the three thematic areas of general movement, industry and labour and community activities.