Ease On Lockdown, Use Of Face Masks, Ban On Interstate Travel, - Key Takeaways From Buhari's Address
Today, President Muhammadu Buhari addressed Nigerians on his administrations efforts in the fight against COVID-19.
Here are key takeaways from the the president's address:
1. Lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun to be relaxed on May 4th
The ongoing lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory Abuja will be relaxed from May 4th.
Th president said: "Based on the above 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 a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos and Ogun States effective from Monday, 4th May, 2020.
"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."
2. Total Lockdown In Kano
President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the total lockdown of Kano State for two weeks.
According to him: “With regards to Kano, I have directed the enforcement of a total lockdown for a period of two weeks effective immediately.
“The Federal Government shall deploy all the necessary human, material, and technical resources to support the State in controlling and containing the pandemic and preventing the risk of further spread to neighboring States.”
3. New COVID-19 Measures
The President introduced new COVID-19 measures to include:
a. Overnight curfew from 8pm to 6am. This means all movements will be prohibited during this period except for essential services;
b. A ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travel until further notice;
c. Partial and controlled interstate movement of goods and services will be allowed for the movement of goods and services from producers to consumers; and
d. The mandatory use of face masks or coverings in public in addition to maintaining physical distancing and personal hygiene.
4. Restriction On Social And Religious Gatherings Still In Place
The president noted that ban on religious and social gatherings is still in force.
"Furthermore, the restrictions on social and religious gatherings shall remain in place. State Governments, corporate organizations, and philanthropists are encouraged to support the production of cloth masks for citizens."