COVID-19: Nigeria reduces nationwide curfew, orders full operation of financial sector

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ABUJA (SundiataPost) – Nigeria has reduced imposes to curb COVID-19 pandemic to commence 10pm and end at 4am. previously 8pm to 5am.

National Coordinator of Presidential Task Force COVID-19 (PTF), Dr Sani Aliyu, announced this Monday at the daily briefing of the task force Abuja, the ’s capital.

He said, “Effective tomorrow, , June 2, 2020, the easing of the be characterised by the following: The remain place but the timing of this be reduced to 10pm-4am.”

“And just to clarify, the purpose of the is to limit social interactions and, therefore, reduce the risk of transmission of the virus,” he added.

Dr Aliyu echoed that persons who are essential duty remain exempted the curfew as the moves into the phase of the gradual easing of the COVID-19 .

He stated that such persons include and media services providers, as well as those working the ’s critical sectors.

The PTF national coordinator also announced the reopening of the nation’s financial sectors, adding that they would be fully operational.

He said, “There will be a full opening of the financial sector, with now allowed to operate normal working hours – five days a week.

“The mass gathering of 20 people outside of a workplace or places of worship remains prohibited.”

“There will be controlled access to markets and locations of economic activities, but local authorities will continue to provide guidance opening times,” Dr Aliyu added.

He explained that the restricted opening of places of worship would be based on the protocols of the respective state governments.

According to the PTF national coordinator, this will be done with strict guidelines on physical distancing and other non-pharmaceutical interventions and would apply to regular church and mosque services only.

On movement from one state to the other, he said, “All interstate travels by individuals remain prohibited except for essential travel and the movement of goods and services.

“Just to make clear, all restrictions on the free movement of goods and services are now removed in this phase.”