The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced the reintroduction of restriction as a control measures to mitigate the impact of the deadly virus COVID-19.
Amid concerns about the deadly virus, the COVID-19 new variant resulting in mass deaths in India, South Arica, Turkey among others, are the reasons the Federal Government re-introduced COVID-19 restrictions.
The restrictions were imposed across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with effect from midnight of today (Tuesday).
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha made this known yesterday. He explained that the government was being cautious to prevent a third wave of the virus in Nigeria.
The National Incident Manager of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC), Dr Mukhtar Muhammed made the announcement of the new measures contained in the new guidelines on Phase Four of Ease of Lockdown.
Under the new restrictions, the federal government has introduced nationwide curfew from 12:00 am to 4:00 am with effect from the midnight of May 11, 2021, closure of bars, recreational centres and night clubs, public gathering to a maximum of 50 people and must ensure physical distance and use of nose mask, Restaurants to provide eat-ins at 50% capacity, people at age 60 and above or with any ailment are advised to stay at home or avoid crowds.
The Federal Government on Monday also extended its work-from-home directive for civil servants on Grade Level 12 and below till June 11, 2021.
He added, there would be the enforcement of the mandatory requirement of seven-day quarantine for all international passengers arriving from foreign destinations, while institutional quarantine will apply for inbound passengers from Brazil, Turkey and India.
Any person not wearing of face mask will be denied access to Government and Commercial premises.
He urged citizens to refrain from non-essential movement and comply with Non-pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) and guidance.
The PSC also advised that only essential travels are encouraged on most international and domestic travels, while travellers are to abide by all existing protocols.
Also, security agencies are to enforce the use of NPIs in the transport sector, including the use of face masks, temperature checks and hand sanitisers.
He made emphasis that No restriction on Intra-State travels.
According to the report, most government meetings will also now be held virtually, while only compulsory international travels are encouraged with adherence to all protocols.
Dr Mohammed said military personnel are to monitor and enforce adherence to non-pharmaceutical interventions on public transport, that is wearing face masks and maintaining social distance.
By our Reporter.