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FG Approves Reopening Of Schools

The federal government has approved safe reopening of schools across the country, as it announces the next phase of the gradual easing of the COVID-19 lockdown.

But only graduating students will be allowed to resume.

Boss Mustapha, chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, disclosed this at the daily briefing in Abuja on Monday.

He said the reopening of schools is meant to allow students in graduating classes resume preparation for their examinations.

He disclosed that the measures are contained in the task force’s fifth interim report, which was submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari earlier today.

“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 II of the eased lockdown be extended by another four weeks with effect from Tuesday, June 30, 2020 through Midnight of Monday, 27 July, 2020,” he said.

“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;

“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;

“Provision of technical support for states to mobilise additional resources for the response.”

But the federal government said all primary schools and daycare centres across the federation should remained shut.

Sani Aliyu, National Coordinator of the task force announced this during the briefing.

“All daycares and primary schools to remain closed till further evaluation,” he noted.

 

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