FG announces new COVID-19 lockdown, restricts social gathering to 50

The Federal Government has announced a partial lockdown shutting down bars, night clubs and recreational centres in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.

The government also reintroduced COVID-19 restrictions across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory with a nationwide 12am to 4am curfew as part of new efforts to curtail the further spread of the pandemic.

The Head of Technical Secretariat of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Dr Mukhtar Mohammed, said the new directive takes effect by midnight of Tuesday.

He said the bars and nightclubs should remain closed until further notice.

He also said with effect from Tuesday, night clubs, gyms, and others would remain closed till further notice.

He said gatherings of religious groups and weddings among others have been reduced to 50 percent attendance, while official engagements, meetings, and conferences should continue to hold virtually.

While stating that there was no limitation to intra-state travel, he advised that only essential international travels should be embarked upon with all existing protocols strictly adhered to.

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