The Presidential Task Force (PTF) has announced the guidelines for the ease of COVID-19 lockdown which will come into effect on May 4.
While briefing the media on Wednesday, Boss Mustapha, PTF Chairman and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, noted that banks and offices will reopen next week.
The SGF, however, insisted that educational institutions will still remain shut nationwide as precautionary steps to prevent the spread of the virus in the country.
Mustapha said; “In line with Mr President’s directives in paragraphs 34 to 41 of his broadcast, the Presidential Task Force has developed guidelines. The gradual reopening of the economy will stand a total of six weeks broken into three tranches of two weeks each.
“To the avoidance of doubt, the following clarifications are provided – The overnight curfew is applicable nationwide. The inter-state travels are banned except for the movement of goods, agro products, petroleum products, essential services as directed by Mr President,” he added.
Ahead of the reopening of offices, Mustapha warned corporate organisations to take some precautionary measures before resuming.
Some of these include maintaining social distancing, making available hand sanitisers, and fumigation of their environment among others.
The SGF further stipulated guidelines on the gradual resumption of official businesses saying; “The management of various offices, premises and businesses that will be gradually reopened are mandated to ensure that the following preparatory steps are taken.
Listing the steps, the PTF Chairman said; “Fumigation and decontamination, an arrangement made for physical distancing, provision of hand sanitisers and handwashing facilities, application of the policy of mandatory use of face masks, provision of thermometers for temperature checks.”
He further directed business managers to increase communication with their staff on COVID-19 and appealed for organisations to give special consideration to be given to persons living with disabilities.