COVID-19 Lockdown: FG finally relaxes ban on religious gathering, reduces curfew

COVID-19 Lockdown: FG finally relaxes ban on religious gathering, reduces curfew

- The federal government has lifted a ban on religious gatherings across the country

- All religious activities have been suspended for more than two months by the federal government to stop the spread of COVID-19

- The new development on the religious gathering was announced on Monday, June 1, by the chairman of PTF, Boss Mustapha

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Following the plea by some religious leaders in Nigeria, the federal government has announced the relaxation on the ban on religious gatherings in the country from Monday, June 1.

Nigerian Tribune reports that the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 disclosed this on the evening of Monday, June 1, during its daily briefing in Abuja, saying this is based on the guidelines and protocols agreed upon by state governments. gathered that the PTF, however, said the ban on inter-state movement in the country remains in force.

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The government also announced that the curfew imposed on the country will now be from 10.00 pm to 4.00 am.

The PTF submitted its recommendations and the president has approved the following for implementation over the next four weeks spanning 2nd – 29th June 2020, subject to review:

“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;

COVID-19 Lockdown: FG finally relaxes ban on religious gathering, reduces curfew
The chairman of Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, giving updates on the coronavirus pandemic. Credit: Twitter/Presidency.
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“Mobilisation of all resources at state and local government levels to create public awareness on COVID-19 and improve compliance with non-pharma.ceutical interventions within communities; sustenance of key non-pharma.ceutical interventions that would apply nationwide and include: ban of gatherings of more than 20 people outside of a workplace;

“Relaxation of restriction on places of worship based on guidelines issued by the PTF and protocols agreed by state governments," the PTF said.

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Meanwhile, had previously reported that the PTF said it made recommendations to President Muhammadu Buhari on whether schools and religious houses should be reopened or not.

It was reported that the chairman of the task force, Boss Mustapha, made the disclosure on Sunday, May 31, shortly after a meeting with the president.

Mustapha however, did not disclose the recommendations made but pointed out that only the president could make a final decision on such matters.

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