By Chris Udochukwu
Abuja (Precise Post) – The federal government on Thursday rolled out the implementation of the third phase of t he ease of lockdown.
Mr Aliyu said the existing nationwide curfew of 10 p.m to 4 a.m imposed by President Buhari to further limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus has been reviewed.
He said the curfew would henceforth be from 12 midnight to 4 a.m. daily.
”We are modifying the curfew to commence from 12 midnight to 4 a.m. nationwide, effective from 12:00 tonight.
“This does not apply to people on essential services and international travellers that might be returning from abroad,” he said.
Mr Aliyu earlier said the purpose of the curfew is to limit social interactions and, therefore, reduce the risk of transmission of the virus.
Schools, restaurants, hotels
He said hotels will continue to remain open while observing necessary preventive measures.
“Amusement parks, gyms and cinemas can open but at half capacity. Event centres that provide outdoor service spaces can open but not indoors event centres.
“Eateries and restaurants can only open for outdoor services and we will make sure this is complied with.
“Bars and night clubs will remain closed till further notice,” he said.
He said the Nigerian international travel portal will be activated today, September 3.
“It is mandatory for persons coming into the country to have valid negative COVID PCR test results before boarding and this needs to be valid within 96 hours from accredited laboratories, preferably 72 hours before boarding,” he said.
He said the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) is to consolidate on safety measures currently being put in place and start preparing for reopening of orientation camps when educational institutions reopen.
“We are in the process of developing a strict guideline to ensure that there is no outbreak of COVID-19 when orientation camps reopen,” he said.