COVID-19 : lockdown continues till May 2 – President Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari, Monday, has announced the a continuation of the lockdown till May, 2. Blackboxnigeria gathered.

The President, while making the disclosure in his speech to the nation, Monday, said he has approved for a gradual and phased easing of the lockdown in the Abuja, Lagos and Ogun.

“Based on the rising recorded cases of the virus and in line with the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the various Federal Government committees that have reviewed socio-economic matters and the Nigeria Governors Forum, I have approved for a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos and Ogun States effective from Saturday, 2nd May, 2020 at 9am.

“However, 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 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 are will be prohibited during this period except essential services;

c. There will be a ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travels until further notice;

d. There will be Ppartial and controlled interstate movement of goods and services will be allowed to allowfor 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 of 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.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the lockdown in the FCT, Lagos & Ogun States shall subsist remain in place until these new ones come into effect on Saturday, 2nd May 2020 at 9am.” President Buhari said.

Lagos, Ogun and Abuja has been put on lockdown since March 30, 2020 by the federal government as part of measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease that has infected over 1000 Nigerians.


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