The Federal Government has partially lifted the ban on inter-state travels within a four-week extension of the Phase Two of the eased lockdown. The Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this during a briefing on Monday, in Abuja.
He added that there would also be a safe reopening of schools, within the extended phase, to allow graduating students return to classes, noting that interstate movements would only be allowed outside curfew hours. According to him, there will also be a safe resumption of domestic flights “as soon as practicable.” Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, 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.”