FG Gives Guidelines On Reopening Of Banks, Offices, Says Schools To Remain Closed

Kingsley Eke

Pursuant to the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari on the gradual easing of the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and FCT, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Coronavirus Infectious Disease has spelt out guidelines on the resumption of some services.

In a press briefing of the guidelines, National coordinator of the Presidential taskforce on Covid-19, Sani Aliyu, stated that interstate travels remain prohibited for now, except for essential services. Whereas for intrastate activities, banks have been permitted to reopen from the 4th of May. However, their reopening is subject to adhering to covid19 preventive measures and they are only allowed to resume work from 8am till 2pm.

The following are to remain closed also: Schools, concerts and recreational activities and restaurants, which are only permitted to make home deliveries.

Sani Aliyu said, “Banks will be allowed to open but there will be restriction in the opening hours to between 8am to 2pm and together with all the other preventive measures I have already mentioned.”

On the resumption of government offices, he said that plans have been made for only specific levels to resume so as to reduce the congestion of offices.

He said, “For government offices, government staff will be allowed to resume from the 4 of May but it will be based on specific grade levels and specific days so that we can reduce the amount of congestion that we might have in our government offices and we will be discussing further with state governments to make sure that we have a common approach to this.”

The chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID19, Boss Mustapha, further addressed the press and directed that all offices must sanitize and decontaminate their environment before resumption of activities. He also advised that provisions be made for social distancing in offices and that they must all wear face masks and use sanitizers always.

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