Inter-State lockdown has been lifted in Nigeria effective on Wednesday, July 1, Secretary of the Government of the Federation and chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Coronavirsu (COVID-19), Mr Boss Mustapha has announced.
Mustapha announced the following measures at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.They include:
- Permission of movement across State borders only outside curfew hours with effect from 1st July, 2020;
- Enforcement of laws around non-pharmaceutical interventions by States, in particular, the use of face masks in public places;
- Safe re-opening of schools to allow students in graduating classes resume in-person in preparation for examinations;
- Safe reopening of domestic aviation services as soon as practicable;
- Publication of revised guidelines around the three thematic areas of general movement, industry and labour; and community activities;
- Provision of technical support for states to mobilise additional resources for the response;
- Strengthening partnerships with States, Local Governments, traditional rulers, community/religious leaders and civil society to ensure increased public awareness and compliance with preventive guidelines;
- Encouraging State governments to empower Local Government Authorities to intensify contact tracing efforts and ensure stronger grassroots mobilisation to support the response;
- Encourage States and Hospital authorities to ensure continuity of other health services to prevent fatalities from other life-threatening conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic; and
- Deepening of collaboration with other mandate groups at States/Federal levels to harmonise the country’s COVID-19 response in the short, medium and long terms.