COVID-19: FG issues fresh guidelines for Churches, Mosques, orders civil servants to stay home for 5 weeks

The Federal Government has issued fresh measures for the operations of mosques and churches just as it has asked civil servants from grade levels 1 to 12 to work from home.

The chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, made this known in a statement on Monday.

As part of the measures, the worship centres were asked not to exceed 50 per cent capacity of the facility of their venues.

The PTF also said events with more than 50 persons should be held outdoor.

Mustapha said the new measures had been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, in the wake of the second wave of COVID-19 in the country.

He said, “The PTF has surveyed developments and actions taken by governments around the world, assessed our domestic environment, and has accordingly submitted its recommendations to Mr President on immediate measures to be taken.

“Accordingly, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has authorised the PTF to engage with the states and the FCT to assume full ownership of this stage of the response by deploying legal structures and resources, including enforcement to manage the pandemic within their jurisdictions.

“Close all restaurants except those providing services to hotel residents; takeaways, home deliveries and drive-ins shall remain closed; restrict all informal and formal festivity events including weddings, conferences, congresses, office parties, concerts, seminars, sporting activities, end of year events shall be restricted to not more than 50 persons.

The PTF also ordered that “all government staff on GL.12 and below are to stay at home for the next 5 weeks; Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executives are to be held accountable for enforcing NPI rules in their domains with frequent spot checks;

“The PTF on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Education expects that schools would have vacated from the 18th December 2020 and remain closed till at least the 18th of January, 2021 to enable the measures introduced to take effect;

“All persons above the age of 60yrs and/or with comorbidities are to be encouraged to stay at home and avoid crowds;

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