The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has said that the use of face masks in open places is still recommended for Nigerians.
This comes against the background of the recent announcement by the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on Covid-19 that the use of face masks in public is now optional, as countries across the world started the relaxation of Covid-19 measures.
Speaking in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, the NCDC Director-General Dr Ifedayo Adetifa revealed that Nigeria’s rules on face masks have not been completely abolished.
According to the NCDC boss, the use of face masks indoors or in other high-risk settings such as in public transport was still recommended while the use in outdoor places was now discretionary in the country.
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Adetifa noted that that the PSC was leveraging on available evidence such as the continuous downward trend of COVID-19 positive case numbers in the country to revise the travel protocols.
It would be recalled that the PSC also announced that it would stop demanding proof of PCR tests from fully vaccinated travellers.