COVID-19: FG imposes new restrictions: Religious events should use less than 50% capacity of the facility

The Federal Government of Nigeria, on Monday December 21, imposed new restrictions due to increased COVID-19 cases and the need to avoid a lockdown in the face of a second wave of the pandemic in Nigeria.

According to Bashir Ahmad, Aide to the President on New Media, in a series of tweets below;

"2nd wave of COVID-19: President @MBuhari has authorised the PTF to engage with the States & the FCT to assume full ownership of this stage of the response by deploying legal structures and resources, including enforcement to manage the pandemic within their jurisdictions. THREAD:"

"In line with the authorisation, the PTF wishes to issue the following advisories to sub-national entities for implementation over the next five weeks because these activities are considered super spreader events:

a. Close All bars, night clubs, pubs and event centres, and recreational venues; 

b. Close all restaurants except those providing services to hotel residents; takeaways, home deliveries and drive-ins shall remain closed;

c. Restrict all informal and formal festivity events including weddings, conferences, congresses, office parties, concerts, seminars, sporting activities, end of year events shall be restricted to not more than 50 persons;

d. Limit All gatherings linked to religious events to less than 50% capacity of the facility of use during which physical distancing; mandatory use of face masks shall be strictly enforced.

e. Where more than 50 persons are attending, any such events, the gathering should be held outdoors only;

f. Public transportation systems are to carry passengers not more than 50% of their capacity in compliance with social distancing rules."

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