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FG Eases Lockdown: Primary Six, JSS 3, SSS3 To Resume

FG Eases Lockdown: Primary Six, JSS 3, SSS3 To Resume

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…Ends interstate lockdown
The Federal Government has approved “safe reopening” of schools nationwide in the next phase of the gradual easing of lockdown yesterday.
However, only pupils in Primary 6, Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3 will resume.
Higher institutions, day care centres and other classes in primary and secondary schools will remain closed.
Also, government lifted the ban on interstate travels with effect from July 1, provided such journeys are made outside curfew hours.
Boss Mustapha, chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, disclosed these at the daily briefing of the task force yesterday.
At the daily briefing, he said the government had approved the safe resumption of domestic flights in the country.
He said the reopening of schools was meant to allow pupils in graduating classes resume preparation for examinations.
He disclosed that the latest developments were contained in the task force’s fifth interim report which was submitted to the President earlier in the day.
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 expatiated 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 pupils in graduating classes resume in-person in preparation for examinations. Safe reopening of domestic aviation services as soon as practicable.”
National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, who gave further clarification on the latest developments, said: “The current nationwide curfew will remain. We will maintain restrictions on mass gatherings and sporting activities. Domestic aviation services will recommence.
“Movement across state boundaries will be allowed but only outside curfew hours. Pupils in graduating classes – only graduating classes; Primary 6, JSS 3 and SSS3 – will be allowed to resume in preparation for examinations.”
He listed other conditions for bus parks to include transporters’ adherence to guidelines that will be released by the Federal Ministry of Transportation; waiting passengers must maintain social distancing and that there must be temperature checks.
“If you are not wearing a mask, you will not be allowed entry to the parks and terminals. We also expect transporters to arrange for crowd control. Buses must have a maximum of 50 per cent capacity,” he said.
Aliyu added that state governments would inspect facilities and confirm compliance as a pre-condition for resumption of interstate operations by transporters.
He said: “Non-compliance with the guidelines will result in withdrawal of permission to operate interstate mass transit.
“For intrastate travelling, we will maintain the occupancy level for buses to 50 per cent and two passengers for taxis, but we will restrict movement in high-burdened local government areas to essential travels only. This will be part of the hotspot strategies that will be introduced.
“Companies’ working hours must not violate the nationwide curfew hours from 10 pm to 4am. Offices must maintain working at 75 per cent capacity.
“Churches, mosques, cinemas remain closed.
“For hotels, restaurants and eateries, there is no specific change. Hotels must observe all mandatory non-pharmaceutical interventions. Restaurants should remain closed for eat-in, with strict cleanliness guidelines except for restaurants that are serving hotel residents.
“Gyms, cinemas, event centres and nightclubs would remain closed, just as churches and mosques. The restrictions on recreational parks/communal sports would remain until further evaluation.
“For educational activities, all day care and primary schools to remain closed until further evaluation. Schools are encouraged to continue with e-learning and virtual teaching. But pupils may proceed to take the national common entrance (examination) as soon as it is feasible, provided there is compliance with issued non-pharmaceutical interventions.
“For secondary and tertiary institutions, all schools to remain closed until further evaluation. Arrangements are to be made for exiting graduating students in the JSS 3 and the SS3 to resume at both boarding and day schools as soon as possible for intensive revision exercises.”
The PTF Coordinator said further that arrangements are to be made for pupils taking external examinations such as the West African Examination Council exams.
On the possible hike in airfare by the time domestic flights resume, Mustapha said the situation was inevitable. He said since profit remained the motivation for going into business and flying is not a social service, business owners would find a way of recouping their money.

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