FG reinstates Covid-19 restrictions: shuts bars, recreational centres, limits public gatherings
The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has announced a national wide curfew from 12am to 4am stating from 12am Tuesday, May 11, 2021.
The coordinator PSC, Dr. Mukhtar Muhammad who stated this at briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja, that this was part of the 4th phase of the eased opening of the society after the outbreak of COVID-19.
According to him “The night curfew is now from 12am to 4am. Except for essential service providers and international passengers, who just arrived the country or traveling out of the country.”
“There are concerns about the none compliance to public health and social measures which are contained in the health protection regulation 2021, specifically the level of adherence to the use of face mask, physical distancing, temperature checks in public spaces, hand washing and limitation of space to large gathering remain very poor. In some areas, these are even none existant.
“In line with increasing risk of a surge in cases, the PSC is therefore maintaining the enforcement of the covid-19 health protection regulation. This is to mitigate the risk of a spike in new cases while the nationwide vaccine rollout continues. The national response continues to maintain a balance between preserving lives and livelihood while worming for a long term epidemic control.”he said.
“For land and rail transport, there are no limitations anymore on inter and intrastate travel but service providers must abide by status stipulations from the Federal Ministry of Transport and ensure that PPEs are used and where applicable physical distancing is observed.
”Amusement parks, gyms and cinemas can open but at half capacity. Event centers that provide outdoor spaces can open but not indoor event centers. Eateries and restaurants can only open for outdoor services and we will make sure this is complied with. Bars and nightclubs to remain closed until further notice.”
“Further to this recommendation and effective from 00:01hours on Tuesday, 11th May 2021, this phase 4 of the first restriction of movement shall come into effect. “
‘We shall maintain restrictions on mass gatherings outsidework setting with a maximum of 50 persons in any enclosed space. Approved gatherings must be held in physical distancing measures and other none pharmaceutical measures in place.”
He pointed out that the committee would work out arrangements for the private sector, and allow the private sector to determine the optimal working capacity within their offices while ensuring enough physical distancing and preserving the health care of workers in their employ.
“For the public sector, we are maintaining the restriction and encouraging the work-at-home policy for staff below the level of grade level 12. Those at grade level 12 and above will be allowed to come to work.
“For the hospitality and entertainment industry, hotels will continue to remain open but observing all non-pharmaceutical interventions. “Each of authority within the state can provide additional guidelines for minimizing risk in the state as it relates to these facilities and industries.