The Federal Government has re-introduced a nationwide 12am to 4am curfew to curtail further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

National Incident Manager, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Mukhtar Muhammad, said this in Abuja yesterday at the briefing of the committee.

According to him, the new directive is to take effect by midnight of today.

He said with the restrictions imposed, mass gatherings in public spaces had been restricted to 50 people at any given time.

He also said access to government institutions would also be denied to anyone not wearing a face mask while government meetings and travels have been limited to the virtual platform.

“The Federal Government has directed that bars and nightclub should remain closed and the nationwide curfew will be in force until further notice. Only essential international travels would be encouraged, and all existing protocols must be strictly adhered to,” he said.

He, however, said there was no limitation to intra-state travel outside the curfew period.

He said military personnel were to monitor and enforce adherence to wearing face masks and maintaining social distance on public transport.

He urged state governments to enforce these guidelines with violators made to appear before mobile courts and pay fines.

Daily Trust

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