COVID-19: Buhari extends new restrictions on gatherings to March 2021

COVID-19: Buhari extends new restrictions on gatherings to March 2021

- Nigerians will have to observe the restrictions on public gatherings for longer than just five weeks earlier announced by the PTF

The presidency on Tuesday, December 22, stretched the timeline to March 2021

- President Buhari stated that the nation cannot risk the loss of its achievements in the fight against the virus

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New restrictions on gatherings especially in religious and recreational centres due to the spread of the second wave of COVID-19 have been extended to March 2021.

The extension was imposed on Tuesday, December 22, by President Muhammadu Buhari, The Nation reports.

The president made this crucial decision after receiving the end-of-the-year reports of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 at the State House.

COVID-19: Buhari extends new restrictions on gatherings to March 2021
The president said Nigeria cannot afford to record another round of national losses due to the virus (Photo: @MBuhari)
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The president noted that the nation cannot take and bear the risk of losing what the administration has gained in the last nine months which witnessed its tough battle with the pandemic.

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Earlier, the federal government had restricted the number of persons that would 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 PTF on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha.

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.

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.

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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