As part of measures taken to impede the spread of Coronavirus, President Buhari has imposed an 8pm to 6am nationwide curfew. Announcing during his Nationwide broadcast yesterday night April 27, Buhari elucidates that the curfew is to begin on Monday, May 4th.
In his statement on the above and in line with the Presidential Task Force on COVID19 recommendations, Nigeria Governors Forum and various Federal Government committees that have assessed and reexamine the socio-economic matters, I have approved a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States with effect from Monday, 4th May, 2020.
However, he further asserts that this will be followed strictly with aggressive reinforcement of testing and contact tracing measures while allowing the restoration of some economic and business activities in some specific sectors.
Similarly, President Buhari states that, due to the deadly Coronavirus malady, the new measures which will be introduced nationwide is as-follows;
“There will be an imposed curfew overnight which will take effect from 8 pm to 6 am daily. Which means that all movements will be restricted during this duration. However, a ban is hereby imposed on irrelevant and non-crucial interstate travels. Still, there would be a partial and controlled interstate movement of goods and services including essential services throughout the state. The use of face masks in public will be enforced and made mandatory nation-wide in addition to maintaining physical and social distancing.
Furthermore, we also discussed how to safely transport perishable items from rural production territories to industrial processing zones and finally, to the retailers. earlier, these steps were necessary and requires personal hygiene. Furthermore, the restrictions on social and religious gatherings shall remain in place. State Governments, corporate organizations, and philanthropists are encouraged to support the production of cloth masks for citizens.
In respect to the above-mentioned guidelines, State Governors may choose to conform, enhance or adjust based on their different situations and instances of their respective state, provided they maintain alignment with the procedures which have been issued above”. He added.
For the avoidance of skepticism, the total lockdown order in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun States have been made compulsory until the new orders come into effect from Monday, 4th May 2020, after which the Presidential Task Force shall provide sectors specific details to allow for preparations by Governments, institutions, and businesses.