BREAKING: FG imposes fresh nationwide COVID-19 restrictions, shuts bars, nights clubs

The Federal Government of Nigeria has imposed a fresh nationwide COVID-19 restriction which is expected to take effect by midnight of Tuesday.

The new directive ordered that recreational centers, bars and night clubs should be shut and also limited public gatherings.

According to Dr Mukhtar Mohammed, a member of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, who made the declaration on Monday, he explained that public gathering has been restricted to 50 people.

“…mass gatherings in public spaces have been restricted to 50 people at any given time”

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He also noted that access to government institutions would be denied for anyone without a facemask and that travels have been limited to the virtual platform.

Speaking at the PSC briefing on COVID-19, he said: “For land and rail transport, there are no limitations anymore on inter and intrastate travel but service providers must abide by status stipulations from the Federal Ministry of Transport and ensure that PPEs are used and where applicable physical distancing is observed

“The night curfew is now from 12am to 4am. Except for essential service providers and international passengers, who just arrived the country or traveling out of the country.

“For the public sector, we are maintaining the restriction and encouraging the work-at-home policy for staff below the level of grade level 12. Those at grade level 12 and above will be allowed to come to work.

“For the hospitality and entertainment industry, hotels will continue to remain open but observing all non-pharmaceutical interventions.

He also added that the government has directed that bars and nightclubs should remain closed and the nationwide curfew will be in force until further notice.

Speaking on foreign travels, he said that only essential international travels would be encouraged, and all existing protocols must be strictly adhered to.

He however stated that that there was no limitation to intra-state travel.

Speaking on amusements parks, gyms and others, he explained that Amusement parks, gyms and cinemas can open but at half capacity. Event centers that provide outdoor spaces can open but not indoor event centers. Eateries and restaurants can only open for outdoor services and we will make sure this is complied with. Bars and nightclubs to remain closed until further notice.

“Each of authority within the state can provide additional guidelines for minimizing risk in the state as it relates to these facilities and industries.

“For gathering including wedding, parties meetings; we are expanding the limit to 50 people preferably Outdoors not in enclosed spaces and attendees must wear face masks and they must ensure proper sanitization of their hands and maintaining physical distance,” he stated.

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