Coronavirus: Nigerian Gov’t restores midnight curfew, restriction on mass gatherings


The Federal Government has re-introduced a nationwide 12: am to 4: am curfew as part of efforts to curtail the further spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The National Incident Manager, Mukhtar Mohammed, disclosed this at a press briefing of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 in Abuja.

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Mohammed said the curfew would take effect from midnight on Monday, 10 May.

He also said with effect from Tuesday, night clubs, gyms, and others would remain closed till further notice.

He said gatherings of religious groups and weddings among others have been reduced to 50 per cent attendance, while official engagements, meetings, and conferences should continue to hold virtually.

Mohammed said, “Further to these recommendations and effective from 01 hours of Tuesday, 11 May 2021, this Phase IV of the phased restriction of movement shall come into effect.

“We shall maintain restrictions on mass gatherings outside work settings with a maximum number of 50 people in an enclosed space.

“Approved gatherings must be held with physical distancing measures and other non pharmaceutical interventions in place.

Enforcement of a mandatory requirement of a seven-day quarantine for all international passengers arriving from foreign destinations while institutional quarantine for international passengers arriving from the three countries of India, Brazil and Turkey.

“Enforced temperature checks and no mask, no entry policy in all public settings; workplace buildings, businesses and places of worship etc. Access to Government and commercial premises should be denied to persons without facemasks.

“The nationwide curfew will be imposed tonight at midnight and it will run through till 4: am. No formal restrictions on movement within the country even as citizens are encouraged to refrain from non-essential movements and comply with all non-pharmaceutical interventions and guidelines.

“People who are above 60 and or with comorbidities are encouraged to stay at home. Only essential international travels are encouraged.”,

According to him, hotels are to remain open while adhering to all non-pharmaceutical interventions while schools are to deploy the use of antigen-based rapid tests as recommended in the guidelines by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

He added that indoor recreational facilities and gyms are to close until 11 June when the situation will be reviewed while non-contact outdoor sports such as gulf, Polo and tennis among others are not affected.


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