COVID-19: FG lifts midnight curfew, crowd restriction

NEWS DIGEST – Federal Government has reviewed the nationwide midnight curfew and limitations on gatherings along with other restrictions imposed in 2019 to curb the spread of coronavirus.

In a statement dated April 2, the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 explained that the decision followed the reduced risk of importation of new variants, as well as the availability of vaccines and the increasing number of people vaccinated in Nigeria and globally.

“The removal of restrictions was decided in view of the declining number of cases, reduced risk of importation of new variants as well as the availability of vaccines,” part of the statement read.

“The nationwide curfew imposed from midnight to 04:00 am has been lifted. Advisory limiting Nigerians to essential travels only has been lifted.”

FG also asked civil servants to go back to their offices with proof of vaccination or a “PCR test of not more than 48hrs”.

In the statement, private companies were asked to continue implementing measures to limit the spread of the virus at work.

The limitation on the number of persons and 50 per cent limit on persons attending religious gatherings was also lifted but attendees must use face masks.

“Use of face mask to be mandatory for indoor activities but at individual’s discretion during outdoor activities,” it read.

“No limitation on air travels – both domestic and international flights; Both international and domestic travellers must abide by all existing protocols including the use of face mask while on board and taking personal precaution measures; and No limitations on inter or intra-state travel.

“However it is advisable to continue measures that will reduce congestion in office spaces such as virtual meetings, working from home or on-and-off days.

“Limitation on number of persons and 50% limit on persons attending religious gatherings is lifted. Face masks must continue to be used in all indoor religious gatherings.

“All recreational venues, gyms and indoor sports facilities are allowed to open at 50% capacity.

“Limitation on the number of persons attending informal and formal festivity events including weddings, conferences, congresses, office parties, seminars, end of year events has been lifted.”

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