The Federal Government of Nigeria has eased the total lockdown imposed on Lagos, Ogun and FCT.
This was disclosed by President Muhammadu Buhari during his address to the people of Nigeria.
According to him, the ease of the lockdown became necessary due to its economic implication on the country.
“Based on the above and in line with the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the various Federal Government committees that have reviewed socio-economic matters and the Nigeria Governors Forum, I have approved for a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos and Ogun States effective from Saturday, 2nd May, 2020 at 9am.”
Speaking further, President Buhari disclosed that the partial lockdown “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.”
While highlighting the measures to be observed for the partial lockdown, President Buhari said:
“Selected businesses and offices can open from 9am to 6pm;
“There will be an overnight curfew from 8pm to 6am. This means all movements are will be prohibited during this period except essential services;
“There will be a ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travels until further notice;
“There will be partial and controlled interstate movement of goods and services to allow for the movement of goods and services from producers to consumers; and
“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 of 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.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the lockdown in the FCT, Lagos & Ogun States shall subsist remain in place until these new ones come into effect on Saturday, 2nd May 2020 at 9am.
” The Presidential Task Force shall provide sector specific details and timing guidelines to allow for preparations by Governments, businesses and institutions.”