Nigeria Monday relaxed the restriction it placed on churches and mosques as a result of the coronavirus.

Boss Mustapha, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, announced government’s decision during the daily COVID-19 briefing.

He said there is still a restriction on gatherings of more than 20 people outside of a workplace (state governments to determine how to implement this), while managed access to markets and locations of economic activity to limit the risk of transmission remains in place.

Also in place are the ban on inter-state travels except for the movement of agricultural produce, petroleum products, manufactured goods, and essential services.

“Mandatory use of non-medical face masks in public places. Mandatory provision of handwashing facilities/sanitisers in all public places,” he added.

The PTF also said all schools would remain closed until further notice, while the financial sector can now return to normal services.

Nationwide curfew remains in force from 10pm – 4am daily.

The PTF said the aviation sector has been directed to start developing protocols for domestic flights to resume from June 21, while hotels may reopen. Restaurants outside of hotels must remain closed for eat in. Only take out approved.

Bars, gyms, cinemas, nightclubs, parks are to remain closed until further evaluation. NTN