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The Federal Government through the National Incident Manager, Mukhtar Mohammed, has announced that from today, event centres, night clubs, should remain closed till further notice.

This was as result of the number of cases and fatalities in Brazil, India and Turkey, the Federal Government has reintroduced restrictions on mass gatherings to 50 percent capacity, the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC) has announced. 

In order to further prevent a similar occurrence in Nigeria, the National Incident Manager, Mukhtar Mohammed, who rolled out preventive measures on Monday, said a nationwide curfew would be introduced from midnight of Monday.

He said the curfew would run from 12 midnight till 4am daily.

He also said gatherings for worship or weddings should not be more than 50 per cent capacity.

He said security agents had been saddled with the responsibility of enforcing all the non-pharmaceutical measures put in place by the government.

Mohammed said, “Further to these recommendations and effective from 0001hours of Tuesday, May 11, 2021, this Phase IV of the phased restriction of movement shall come into effect.

It has also appealed to state governments to enforce the guidelines with violators made to appear before mobile courts and pay fines. 

Mohammed said: “These measures are to enable the government to effectively prevent and control a resurgence of an acute phase of this pandemic, continue to strengthen our public health systems and protect the lives of Nigerians and our economy. 

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“It is believed that these steps will help consolidate the gains made, so far, and position our country to effectively overcome the pandemic going forward.

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“The Presidential Steering Committee has made this recommendations in line with established thematic areas of movement, industry, labour, and community activities. 

“The nationwide curfew  will be imposed tonight at midnight and will run through till 4am.

 No more restrictions of movement within the country, given the risk that citizens are encouraged to refrain from non essential movement, and comply with NPIS guidelines.

People who are aged 60 years and above and with co-morbidities are strongly urged to stay at home and avoid crowds.”

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