President Muhammadu Buhari has eased the lockdown measures imposed on Lagos, Abuja and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja beginning from Saturday, May 2.
The president made this known in a nationwide broadcast to Nigerians on Monday, 27 after the end of a one-month lockdown since Monday, March 30.
President Buhari stated that the decision is in line with the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, various federal government committees and the Nigeria Governors Forum.
He said: “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.”
He also revealed that new nationwide measures are to be introduced as follows;
1. There will be an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am. This means all movements will be prohibited during this period except for essential services;
2. There will be a ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travel until further notice;
3. Partial and controlled interstate movement of goods and services will be allowed for the movement of goods and services from producers to consumers; and
4. We will strictly ensure the mandatory use of face masks or coverings in public in addition to maintaining physical distancing and personal hygiene. Furthermore, the restrictions on social and religious gatherings shall remain in place. State governments, corporate organisations and philanthropists are encouraged to support the production of cloth masks for citizens.
He stated that the lockdown in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun states shall remain in place until the new ones come into effect on Monday, May 4.
He further revealed that the Presidential Task Force will provide sector-specific details to allow for preparations by governments, businesses and institutions.
Meanwhile, the federal government through the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has reopened the testing lab for COVID-19 in Kano state.
The lab was earlier closed after it was contaminated and staff members tested positive. The NCDC had to halt testing to decontaminate the facility while samples were taken to the nation’s capital, Abuja during the period.