Two months earlier the government had enforced the ban to test coronavirus spread.
But at Monday’s Presidential Task Force (PTF) briefing on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, federation government secretary and PTF chairman, announced that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the ban to be relaxed for four weeks.
“The PTF has submitted its recommendations and the PRESIDENT has approved the following to be implemented over the next four weeks from 2 to 29 June 2020, subject to review:
“Cautious progress towards the second phase of the national response to COVID-19; application of science and data to direct the targeting of areas of continued high COVID-19 transmission in the country;
‘Mobilization of all resources at the national and local level to raise public awareness of COVID-19 and strengthen compliance with non-pharmaceutical interventions inside communities; preservation of key non-pharmaceutical interventions to be implemented nationally, including: prohibition of gatherings of more than 20 persons outside the workplace;
“Relaxation of places of worship restrictions on the basis of guidelines provided by the PTF and standards agreed upon by the governments of the states.”