The Federal Government of Nigeria has asked various state governments and school administrators to begin making plans and prepare for the full reopening of schools nationwide. The National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce, Sani Aliyu, said thi...
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The Federal Government of Nigeria has asked various state governments and school administrators to begin making plans and prepare for the full reopening of schools nationwide. The National Coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce, Sani Aliyu, said this at Abuja during the Presidential taskforce briefing on Covid-19 on Thursday. Aliyu said when he outlined the new guidelines for the third phase of the eased lockdown in the country which would be effective midnight.
He explained that educational institutions like daycare, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions would begin preparations to see how they'll open within this third phase of the easing of the lockdown. He also mentioned that the taskforce recommendations will be to enable state governments conduct risk assessment to ensure that all schools in every level follows the laid down covid 19 protocols and also make sure they have great strategies on ground to monitor how ready schools really are.
Aliyu said that all schools should remain closed to classes studies until the state governments properly go through their risk assessment. This is to make sure that everything is okay for the reopening of schools. He said that if schools are ready to open, they won't be allowed to open at once; it would be a gradual process, stage by stage, so as to prevent the spread of covid 19 to vulnerable groups that could get the virus from school children.
Under the third phase of the easing of the lockdown, FG also extended the nationwide curfew that has been in place in the country for months now from 10:00pm-4:00pm to 12am-4:00am. This does not apply to essential workers and those that just returned from abroad. It was on March 30 that the president first ordered a total lockdown for Lagos, Ogun and Abuja to stop the spread of the virus.
Currently, it's only students in final year or national exam classes that are allowed to go to school across the 36 states of Nigeria but states may decide to open fully.
Other rules for the easing of the lockdown includes:
Markets to fully open
Hotels to remain open
Parks, gyms, cinemas will open - but at 50% capacity Event centres - 50% capacity, not indoor event centres
Eateries - outdoor services only
Bars/ night clubs - closed till further notice
NYSC- To start preparing for reopening / when schools open / They'll adhere to strict guidelines
INEC - The body will ensure compliance in the elections - No face mask - no voting, they'll do temperature checks, use sanitizer, and ensure social distancing R
centres - restrict opening subject to current guidelines - recommend multiples services
Weddings, meetings - 50 people outdoors, preferably outdoor weddings, they must adhere to the Covid- 19 rules
Airports - Abuja / Lagos will open on 5 September, 2020 for international flights
Education- Potential reopening / FG recommend states to conduct risk assessment for compliance but to remain closed to in-person classes
The PTF said States will provide additional guidelines to add to the ones the federal government has provided.