COVID-19: Interstate Travel Resumes July 1 – FG

The federal government has lifted a ban on interstate movement from July 1, 2020.

This was announced by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, disclosed during the daily media briefing.

Only fifty percent of the passengers of the buses are allowed during travels with the compulsory use of face mask.

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The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, however, reaffirmed the continuation of the nationwide curfew between 10 pm and 4 am adding that “travels are not expected at this period.

FG approves ‘safe reopening’ of schools

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has also approved “safe reopening” of schools in the next phase of the gradual easing of lockdown.

According to the new order meant to curtail further spread of COVID-19, only students in graduating classes will resume.

Mustapha, who is also the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, said the reopening of schools was meant to allow graduating classes resume to prepare for examinations.

This he said were contained in the task force’s fifth interim submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday.

“I am pleased to inform you that Mr President has carefully considered the 5th Interim Report of the PTF and has accordingly approved that, with the exception of some modifications to be expatiated upon later, the Phase II of the eased lockdown be extended by another four weeks with effect from Tuesday, June 30, 2020 through Midnight of Monday, 27 July, 2020.

“Specifically, however, the following measures shall either remain in place or come into effect:

“Safe re-opening of schools to allow students in graduating classes resume in-person in preparation for examinations;

“Safe reopening of domestic aviation services as soon as practicable;

“Publication of revised guidelines around the three thematic areas of general movement, industry and labour; and community activities;

“Provision of technical support for states to mobilize additional resources for the response.”

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