By Olivia Isibor, For Agenda Watchdog, April 30, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The guidelines for the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown of Lagos and Ogun States, and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), which will come into effect on May 4, 2020, has been released by the Presidential Task Force (PTF).
According to thePTF Chairman, Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the guidelines were based on paragraphs 34 to 41 of President Buhari’s nationwide broadcast.
Excerpts of the guidelines are as follows:
- Banks and offices to reopen next week.
- Reopening of the economy to take a total of six weeks and will be broken into three tranches of two weeks each.
- The overnight curfew to apply nationwide.
- Inter-state travels are banned, except for the movement of goods, agro products, petroleum products, essential services
- Corporate organisations to take some precautionary measures before resuming. These include (a)maintaining social distancing, (b) making available hand sanitisers, and (c) fumigation of their environment, among others.
- The management of various offices, premises and businesses that will be gradually reopened are mandated to ensure that the following preparatory steps are taken: (a) Fumigation and decontamination, (b) an arrangement made for physical distancing, (c) provision of hand sanitisers and handwashing facilities, (d) application of the policy of mandatory use of face masks, (e) provision of thermometers for temperature checks.
- Organisations to give special consideration to persons living with disabilities.
- Business owners to increase communication with their staff on COVID-19.
- Educational institutions to still remain shut nationwide, as precautionary steps to prevent the spread of the virus in the country.