Business owners in the country and even their workers are beginning to express optimism and hope as the Nigerian government has revealed plans to relax the lockdown in the major states in Nigeria. The Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari made this known this evening during his nationwide broadcast.
In his address, Buhari said while strict adherence to the advised hygiene practices and social distancing are critical in the battle against COVID-19, Lagos, Ogun and FCT are still ‘locked-down’ till Sunday, May 3, 2020. But businesses are to be opened from May 4th, 2020 as directed by the each state government.
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The president’s address reads in part: “…Selected businesses and offices can open from 9am to 6pm;
b. There will be an overnight curfew from 8pm to 6am. This means all movements are will be prohibited during this period except essential services;
c. There will be a ban on non-essential inter-state passenger travels until further notice;
d. 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
e. We will strictly ensure the mandatory use of face masks or coverings in public in addition to maintaining physical distancing and personal hygiene. 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.”