President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the Covid-19 spread prevention lockdown for Lagos and Ogun states as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to ordering that the restriction be eased from Monday, 4th May, 2020 with essential businesses and offices reopened same day.
The President stated this in a broadcast on Monday night. The order was based on the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and various Federal Government committees that have reviewed socio-economic matters and the Nigeria Governors Forum.
The therefore approved “a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos and Ogun States effective from Saturday, 2nd May, 2020 at 9am.
“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.
“However, this 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”, he said.
The President also ordered interstate travels banned, as part of new nationwide measures saying that “selected businesses and offices can open from 9am to 6pm” and ordering “an overnight curfew from 8pm to 6am”.
The implications, he explained include, are that “all movements will be prohibited during this period except essential services” and there “will be a ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travels until further notice.”
It also implies that “there will be partial and controlled interstate movement of goods and services will be allowed 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.”
Sustaining social distancing order involving activities of religious, the President noted that “Furthermore, the restrictions of on social and religious gathers shall remain in place. State Governments, corporate organisations and philanthropists are encouraged to support the production of cloth masks for citizens.”
On Kano State deaths and increasing cases of Covid-19 cases, the President ordered a two weeks lockdown, “Two weeks lockdown commences in Kano State from tomorrow. All instruments of government will be mobilized to ensure full compliance.
“These revised guidelines do will not apply for to Kano State. The total lockdown recently announced by the State Government shall remain enforced be enforced for the full duration. The Federal Government shall deploy all the necessary human, material and technical resources to support the State in controlling and containing the pandemic.”
He promised that more testing labs would to built and new private labs to be accredited, as wearing of face mask will be enforced nationwide.
The government pledged to provide palliatives and insurance cover for thousands of health care workers who are in the frontline.
The President noted that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 shall provide sector specific details to allow for preparations by governments, businesses and institutions as the country battle to contain the disease and save the economy.