President Muhamadu Buhari has approved gradual ease of lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and FCT
The development which will take effect from 4th May 2020 is to ensure the economy continues to function while maintaining aggressive response to the COVID 19 pandemic
Buhari in a nationwide broadcast said , “I have approved for a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos and Ogun States effective from Monday 4th May 2020 at 9am.”
He said aggressive reinforcement of testing and contact tracing measures will continue while allowing the restoration of some economic and business activities in certain sectors
The highlights of the new nationwide measures are as follows;
a. Selected businesses and offices can open from 9am to 6pm
b. There will be an overnight curfew from 8pm to 6am. This means all movements will be prohibited during this period except essential services;
c. There will be a ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travel until further notice;
d. Partial and controlled interstate movement of goods and services will be allowed for the movement of goods and services from producers to consumers; and
e. We will strictly ensure the mandatory use of face masks or coverings in public in addition to maintaining physical distancing and personal hygiene.
“Furthermore, the restrictions on social and religious gathers shall remain in place. State Governments, corporate organisations and philanthropists are encouraged to support the production of cloth masks for citizens.” Said he
The president said further that revised guidelines will not apply to Kano State.
“The total lockdown recently announced by the State Government shall be enforced for the full duration. The Federal Government shall deploy all the necessary human, material and technical resources to support the State in controlling and containing the pandemic