Ban on Interstate travels lifted; churches and mosques still on lock down; Schools partially opened.
The Federal Government has lifted the ban on inter State travel with effect from Wednesday 1st July but vehicles must be filled by 50% of passengers with each passenger wearing face mask. The Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha who said this in Abuja on Monday added that Government has also approved resumption of domestic flights with immediate effect as long as they fulfill the covid-19 conditions. Government extended Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Lockdown for another four (4) Weeks directing that curfew is still from 10pm - 4am and wearing of Facial Mask is still compulsory for everyone. However, Churches and Mosques activities will remain as it was in Phase 2 locked down against cries from several clerics from both leading religions for opening. The Presidential Task Force that announced this said that the social distancing rules at funerals & wedding Gathering Should not be more than 20 persons (Including family members). School are to remain shut, but those who are eligible for promotional class will be allowed to sit for the exam that is Students preparing for Common entrance (Primary 6); Student preparing for Junior WAEC JSS3 and Students preparing for WAEC (SS3). The restriction on Sport and Recreational Activity including night clubs is still in Operation. Banks/ Financial Institutions are directed to continue their normal Operation as allowed in Phase 2 Eighteen (18) Local Government Areas in Nigeria account for 60% of COVID-19 cases and those Local Government Areas have to be locked down to contain the spread of the Pandemic in the country. The precision lockdown would be implemented by the Governors of the States where the 18 Local Governments Reside.