The Federal Government have lifted the midnight curfew and crowd restriction at large gatherings due to the declining number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
A Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 in a statement explained that the decision followed the reduced risk of importation of new variants, as well as the availability of vaccines and the increasing number of people vaccinated in Nigeria and globally.
The government said the social restriction recommendations were revised in line with the three established thematic areas – movement, industry and labour, as well as community activities. The committee added that states must continue to ensure the use of facemasks for indoor activities.
“States should continue to consider them as the minimum guidelines required to ensure an acceptable level of epidemic control nationwide,” the statement said.
“Use of face mask to be mandatory for indoor activities but at individual’s discretion during outdoor activities; those aged 60 and above or with co-morbidities such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease are advised to uphold the use of universal precaution which includes the use of face mask, avoid crowd, and frequent use of hand sanitizers.”
The PSC also announced that the formal restrictions on movement within the country imposed from 12 midnight to 4am has been lifted.
“No limitation on air travels – both domestic and international flights; both international and domestic travellers must abide by all existing protocols, including the use of face mask while onboard and taking personal precaution measures; and all arriving international passengers must register with the Nigeria International Travel Portal (https://nitp.ncdc.gov.ng) and abide by the travel guidelines.
“No limitations on inter or intra-state travel; all vendors and service providers must abide by stated stipulations from the Federal Ministry of Transportation; all passengers and commuters must wear face masks once on board, as well as continue to observe personal precautionary measures.”