The Federal Government has approved what it called ‚Äúsafe reopening‚ÄĚ of schools nationwide in the next phase of the gradual easing of lockdown ordered to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this at the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja on Monday.
He, however, said only graduating students will resume
Mustapha said the reopening of schools was meant to allow students in graduating classes to resume preparation for examinations.
He disclosed that the latest developments were contained in the task force‚Äôs fifth interim report which was submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari earlier on Monday.
He said: ‚ÄúI 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.
‚ÄúSpecifically, however, the following measures shall either remain in place or come into effect:
‚ÄúMaintaining the current phase of the national response, for another four weeks in line with modifications to be expatiated by the National Coordinator;
‚ÄúPermission of movement across state borders only outside curfew hours with effect from 1st July, 2020;
‚ÄúEnforcement of laws around non-pharmaceutical interventions by States, in particular, the use of face masks in public places;
‚ÄúSafe re-opening of schools to allow students in graduating classes resume in-person in preparation for examinations;
‚ÄúSafe reopening of domestic aviation services as soon as practicable;
‚ÄúPublication of revised guidelines around the three thematic areas of general movement, industry and labour; and community activities;
‚ÄúProvision of technical support for states to mobilise additional resources for the response.‚ÄĚ