COVID-19: FG restricts number of persons at churches, mosques, others

COVID-19: FG restricts number of persons at churches, mosques, others

- The federal government to halt the spread of coronavirus, has imposed some restrictions on public gatherings

- The restrictions affect churches, mosques, nightclubs, restaurants, event centres, and weddings

- Persons above the age of 60 have been warned to remain at home for the next five weeks

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In a decisive bid to curb the spread of the second wave of COVID-19, the federal government has restricted the number of persons that will be allowed in religious and festive gatherings with effect from Tuesday, December 22.

The government's directive was announced on Monday, December 21, by the chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, Punch reports.

Mustapha revealed that this move from the government came after the PTF submitted its recommendations which were majorly influenced by the latest moves made by top nations to slow down the spread of the pandemic's new strain.

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For the next five weeks, the number of persons to be seen at religious gatherings must be less than 50% of the usual capacity of the worship center in question.

COVID-19: FG restricts number of persons at churches, mosques, others
The federal government has restricted the number persons to be seen in religious worship centres (Photo: @NigeriaGov)
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The government also restricted all informal and formal festivity events including weddings, conferences, congresses, office parties, concerts, seminars, sporting activities, end of year events to not more than 50 persons.

The directive also stated that where more than 50 persons are attending, any such events, the gathering should be held outdoors only.

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At the moment, bars, restaurants, night clubs and recreational centres have been closed, while public buses must carry not more than half their capacities.

The government also advised persons above 60 years to remain at home for the most part of the period.

Meanwhile, the government had said that just like many nations, it might be forced to impose a ban on travel to some parts of the world due to the new strain of COVID-19 which was rampant in the United Kingdom (UK).

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This was revealed by the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Monday, December 21, in Abuja.

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