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Breaking: FG lifts ban on interstate travel, schools may reopen soon

By Amidu Arije

The Federal Government has announced partial lifting of ban on interstate travels in the country, but it extended the Phase Two of the ease of lockdown by four weeks.

This was disclosed on Monday by the Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha at the PTF briefing in Abuja.

Mustapha also said within this extended phase, there will be a safe re-opening of schools to allow graduating students back to classes, while interstate movements would only take place outside curfew hours.

To achieve this, the SGF gave some measures that must be put in place.

He 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”.

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