Covid-19: FG shut down nightclubs, bars, others

The Federal Government has imposed new restrictions following the second wave of coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.

The restrictions were disclosed by the Chairman of Presidential Taskforce, PTF, Mr Boss Mustapha, on Monday during the briefing of the task force at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Mustapha who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said that the directives were advisories issued to state authorities for implementation in the next five weeks.

The new restrictions include the closure of all bars, nightclubs, pubs and event centres, as well as recreational venues in all states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Affected also were all restaurants, except those providing services to hotel residents, takeaways, home deliveries, and drive-ins.

He said that all informal and formal festivity events, including weddings, conferences, congresses, office parties, concerts, seminars, sporting activities, end of year events, have been restricted to not more than 50 people.

The government also limited all gatherings linked to religious events to less than 50 per cent of the capacity of the facility of use which physical distancing and use of face masks should be strictly enforced, adding that events where more than 50 people are attending should be held outdoors only.

He noted that public transportation systems should carry passengers not more than 50 per cent of their capacity, in compliance with social distancing rules.

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