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FG Lifts Ban On Interstate Travel, Domestic Flights Kick Up July 1



National Coordinator, Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu

Federal Government has lifted ban placed on domestic flights operations with effect from July 1.

The National Coordinator, Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu announced the resumption during the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja

Speaking on the development, he stated that the resumption of domestic flights operations must be in line with existing international and local guidelines on covid-19.

Further, he said that passengers must arrive the airport 3 hours before flights to observe all the health protocols put in place by the airport authority.

“You must observe social distance, wear a face masks, wash your hands, sanitize it, your luggage must be disinfected, temperature taking and so on.”

He urged passengers to adhere strictly to the protocols for their own good and for the good of others.

Also Speaking, Chairman of the PTF and the SGF, Boss Mustapha disclosed that movement was possible provided such journeys are made outside curfew hours.

He disclosed that the latest developments were contained in the task force’s fifth interim report which was submitted to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), earlier in the day.

Mustapha 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 students in graduating classes resume in-person in preparation for examinations; Safe reopening of domestic aviation services as soon as practicable;

“Publication of revised guidelines around the three thematic areas of general movement, industry and labour; and community activities, “ he said.

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