Covid-19: FG Permits Inter-state Travel, Okays reopening of schools

...As Phase Two Of Eased Lockdown extended By Four Weeks

By Tunde Olorungbotemi

PTF , Aliyu

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended phase two of eased lockdown by another four weeks with effect from tomorrow Tuesday, June 30 through midnight of Monday, July 27, 2020 and but partially lifted the ban on interstate movement.

Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce PTF on Covid-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha disclosed this at a briefing Monday in Abuja.

He said within this extended phase, there will also be a safe re-opening of schools to allow graduating students back to classes, while interstate movements would only take place outside curfew hours.

Announcing the new measures, the SGF said; “I am pleased to inform you that Mr. President has carefully considered the 5th Interim Report of the PTF and has accordingly approved that, with the exception of some modifications to be expatiated upon later, the Phase Two of the eased lockdown be extended by another four weeks with effect from Tuesday, June 30, 2020, through Midnight of Monday, 27 July 2020.

“Specifically, however, the following measures shall either remain in place or come into effect: Maintaining the current phase of the national response for another four weeks in line with modifications to be expatriated by the National Coordinator; Permission of movement across State borders only outside curfew hours with effect from 1st July 2020; Enforcement of laws around non-pharmaceutical interventions by States, in particular, the use of face masks in public places; Safe re-opening of schools to allow students in graduating classes resume in-person in preparation for examinations and; Safe reopening of domestic aviation services as soon as practicable”.


Following the recommendation of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the following:

- Phase 2 of Eased Lockdown will be extended for another 4 weeks (June 30 - July 27).

- Interstate Lockdown lifted with effect from July 1, 2020.
Only outside curfew hours.
Permission of movement across State Borders outside of curfew hours, from July 1.

- The SAFE REOPENING of domestic aviation services "as soon as practicable."

- The SAFE RE-OPENING of schools ONLY FOR STUDENTS IN GRADUATING CLASSES (Primary 6, JSS3 and SSS3), to allow them prepare for examinations (Common Entrance, Junior and Senior WAEC and NECO).

- All Daycare and Primary schools to remain closed until further evaluation, except for Common Entrance pupils.

- Secondary and Tertiary Schools to remain closed. Arrangements to be made for exiting JS3 and SS3 students to resume as soon as possible for preparation for exams.



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