– FG has ordered immediate close down of night clubs and recreation centres across the country
– The order was given on Monday, May 10, by the PSC on COVID-19
– Boss Mustapha, the chairman of PSC, said there should not be more than 50 persons in a gathering
Apparently disturbed by the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has announced the reinstatement of all extant control measures aimed at mitigating the impact of the deadly scourge.
Vanguard reports that the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19 has reimposed the nationwide curfew earlier put in place to control the spread of the virus.
Legit.ng gathered that the committee has also limited gatherings especially in enclosed spaces to a maximum of 50 persons, urging state governments to inaugurate mobile courts to try offenders.
Speaking at a media briefing Monday in Abuja, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and chairman of the PSC, Boss Mustapha, said the committee has also considered several pre-emptive measures to be taken to mitigate the likely impact of the variants of concern, should they get imported into Nigeria.
“Accordingly, the PSC has produced a new Implementation Guidelines being Phase IV of our eased restrictions of COVID-19 lockdown in the country.
“This step has become compelling in view of the fragile state of our health systems, the disruption to the vaccines delivery and the lack of compliance with the extant public health measures and social measures contained in the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Health Protection Regulations 2021.
“The PSC has therefore considered it imperative to re-institute the various public health measures that were put in place under the Health Protection Regulations. “In taking this step, the PSC requests the state governments to please step up to play lead roles in the area of enforcement and sanctions.”
The Punch also reports that the head of the technical secretariat of the PSC on COVID-19, Mukhtar Mohammed, said the new directive takes effect by midnight of Tuesday, May 11.
He said the bars and nightclubs should remain closed until further notice.
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.
Mohammed said persons without facemasks would no longer be allowed into government institutions while it directed security agencies to enforce the use of such masks and other non-pharmaceutical interventions in the transportation sector.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that despite the efforts by the federal government to vaccinate Nigerians against the COVID-19 disease, Bishop David Oyedepo said he would not take the vaccine.
It was reported that the cleric who presides over the Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel, said he is not a guinea pig.
The religious leader made the statement on Saturday, April 17, during the church’s covenant hour of prayer programme.