FG extends lockdown, reopens school

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The Federal Government has extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by four weeks, while partially lifting ban on inter-state movements.

In the new development, schools will also be reopened for graduating students to prepare ahead for their various examinations.

Mr Boss Mustapha, Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation made this disclosure at a briefing on Monday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

According to the statement, there will be a safe re-opening of schools to allow graduating students go back to classes, as interstate movements will also be declared partially open within the period of the lockdown.

He 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.

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