FG lifts interstate travels ban with condition


On the condition that journeys will be made outside curfew hours, the Federal Government has lifted the ban on interstate travels with effect from July 1.

This was disclosed Monday, by the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, during the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja.

Mustapha, who doubles as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, also stated the government has approved the safe resumption of domestic flights in the country.

He further disclosed that the latest developments were contained in the task force’s fifth interim report which was submitted to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), earlier in the day.

In Mustapha’s words: “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 expatiated 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.

Fatimah Oyesanmi

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