COVID-19: FG Issues Guidelines to Reopen Churches, Mosques

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The Federal Government has given directives on the reopening of religious places for four weeks, while restrictions of gatherings of more than 20 people outside workplace remains.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and Chairman of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19,Boss Mustapha on Monday, announced that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the relaxation of the ban for four weeks.

He said: “Cautious advance into the Second Phase of the national response to COVID-19; application of science and data to guide the targeting of areas of on-going high transmission of COVID-19 in the country.

“Mobilisation of all resources at State and Local Government levels to create public awareness on COVID 19 and improve compliance with non-pharmaceutical interventions within communities; sustenance of key non-pharmaceutical interventions that would apply nationwide and include: ban of gatherings of more than 20 people outside of a workplace.

“Restricted opening of places of worship, (regular church & mosque services ONLY), to be based on State Govt protocols”, he stated.

Other directives issued on the relaxation of the lockdown includes: maintenance of nationwide curfew, which has been reviewed to 4am to 10pm.

He further hinted that interstate travel remains prohibited except for goods and essential travels, while offices are to maintain 2m physical distancing, with 75 per cent maximum capacity.
Restaurants outside of hotels have been said to remain closed for eat-in, while they render only takeout services.

However,”bars, gyms, cinemas, nightclubs, parks, as well as schools are to remain closed until further evaluation”, he said.

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