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COVID-19: FG maintains ban on mass gatherings, shuts bars

The Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 on Monday says the ban on mass gatherings remains as it announces the fourth phase of the eased restrictions of COVID-19 lockdown.

The Committee also said event centres, bars, night clubs, shall remain closed until further notice.

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The head of the Technical Secretariat, Mukhtar Mohammed,  speaking at the PSC briefing on COVID-19, said the restrictions take effect from Tuesday,  11th May 2021.

Mohammed said mass gatherings are restricted to a maximum of 50 persons and must comply with the physical distancing measures and other safety protocols.

He added that all recreational facilities, gyms among others are to remain closed until 11th June when the situation will be reviewed.

He added, “We will continue to maintain restriction on the resumption of work of government staff workers from Grade Level 12 and below.  We will also limit government meetings to virtual platforms as much as possible.”

“For the hospitality and entertainment industry, hotels will continue to remain open but observing all non-pharmaceutical interventions. Eateries and restaurants can only open for outdoor services and we will make sure this is complied with.

“Schools should consider the use of antigen-based rapid diagnostic test kit”

Mohammed further informed that a nationwide night curfew will be imposed from 12 am to 4 am, except for essential service providers and international passengers, who just arrived in the country or traveling out of the country.

He called all security agencies to enforce these restrictions and also called on state governments to set up a mobile tribunal for the prosecution of violators.

“These measures are to enable the government of Nigeria to effectively combat this pandemic and continue to strengthen and protect the lives of Nigerians and our economy”, Mohammed said.

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