PTF Closes Bars, Nightclubs, Event, Recreational Centres

21/12/2020 68 Views

The Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19, Saturday, said discussions were ongoing around the calls for restriction of international travels due to discovery of new strains of the virus in some countries.

The task force, aviation and health authorities are assessing the situation closely, and would take a position as soon as cogent scientific basis is established. 

Following the rise in confirmed cases nationwide, the PTF has, however, ordered restriction of all informal and formal festivities, including weddings, conferences, congresses, office parties, concerts, seminars, sporting activities and end-of-year events to not more than 50 persons.

It also directed that all gatherings linked to religious events be limited to less than 50 per cent capacity of the hosting facility in addition to physical distancing, mandatory use of face masks and strict enforcement of not more than 50 attendees.

Task force’s chairman and Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who disclosed this at the briefing of the organisationin Abuja, said the advisories were being issued to sub-national entities for implementation over the next five weeks because these activities are considered “super spreader events.”

He ordered closure of bars, nightclubs, pubs, event and recreational cenres with exception to restaurants providing takeaways, home deliveries and drive-ins.

The SGF said public transport systems were to carry passengers of not more than 50 per cent of their capacity in deference too extant social distancing protocol.

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