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Govt Offices, Banks Can Open From Monday, Says PTF


The Presidential Job Power on COVID-19 has introduced that authorities places of work and banks can resume operations from Monday the 4th of Could.

This follows the approval of a phased easing of the lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, by President Muhammadu Buhari, to permit for the restoration of socio-economic actions.

Nevertheless, there could be a 6:00 am to eight:00 pm curfew to control the motion of individuals.

Giving a breakdown of how the easing of the lockdown will likely be carried out, the Nationwide Coordinator of the Presidential Job Power on COVID-19, Aliyu Sani, throughout Wednesday’s briefing, mentioned all authorities places of work and banks can resume operations from Monday.

“For government offices, staff will be allowed to resume from the 4th of May but it will be based on specific grade levels and specific days, so that we can reduce the amount of congestion that we might have in the offices,” he mentioned.

For monetary establishments resembling banks, the PTF coordinator famous that they are going to be allowed to open however solely between eight:00 am and a couple of:00 pm, whereas additionally making certain that workers and prospects adhere to the hygiene and social distancing measures.

Aliyu burdened that the easing of the lockdown is definitely only a shift from one set of interventions to a different.

“The most important thing I want to emphasize is, even though we talk about easing the lockdown, in actual fact, we are not really easing, we are just shifting from one set of interventions to another because we are really still far from controlling this epidemic,” he mentioned.

For common actions exterior the curfew intervals, the PTF coordinator mentioned: “people may go out for work, to buy necessary food and for exercise but we strongly advise persons to restrict themselves to their local government areas except for those that live in metropolitan areas”.

Interstate journey, in response to him, will likely be restricted to solely these concerned within the provide chain and companies resembling items, agricultural merchandise, petroleum merchandise, courier companies and reduction gadgets and so on.

Then again, for intrastate motion, companies and companies have been suggested to supply hand sanitizers for patrons.

Most people was additionally suggested to imbibe the usage of face masks and different hygiene measures.

On the problem of mass gatherings, Aliyu mentioned there shall be no gatherings of greater than 20 individuals wherever per time in order to make sure adherence to bodily distancing.

For the manufacturing sector, “we encourage shift work for manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies and limiting staff to only 30-50% to maintain physical distancing and pharmacy shops may remain open overnight,” he mentioned.

Eating places have been requested not open to the general public however will likely be allowed to have interaction in dwelling deliveries of meals gadgets.

Whereas partial operations will likely be allowed for the above sectors, tutorial establishments have been, nonetheless, suggested to stay closed till additional analysis is finished.

“Schools are encouraged to continue with e-learning and virtual teaching”, the PTF coordinator added.

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