COVID-19, second wave: FCT shuts down clubs, bars, events, partial lock begins

The federal administration of the capital, FCTA, has closed all bars, nightclubs, pubs, events and recreational spaces in the federal capital, FCT, for the next five weeks;

The resolution was reached at an emergency COVID-19 meeting chaired by FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Bello on Tuesday.

The meeting became necessary after the PTF presidential working group on COVID-19 listed the FCT as one of the epicenters in this second wave.

The Minister noted that the reason for the increase in FCT, according to PTF, was due to non-compliance with the COVID-19 protocol, especially the use of face masks and social exclusion by residents

The Minister said that following the PTF guidelines and the authority of President Muhammad Bukhari, that all states and the FCT should take full ownership of this phase of the disease response, the FCTA hereby declares that,

“All bars, nightclubs, pubs, events and recreation venues at FCT remain closed for the next five weeks;

“All restaurants, except those that provide services to hotel residents; take away food, home delivery and ride must remain closed;

“All informal and formal ceremonial events, including weddings, conferences, congresses, office parties, concerts, seminars, sports activities, year-end events, etc.” In the FCT they are limited to no more than 50 persons;

“Facilities for religious events are limited to less than 50% of the capacity during which physical distancing is performed; the mandatory use of face masks and hand hygiene must be strictly enforced

“Events of more than 50 people should only be held outdoors and virtual meetings are strongly encouraged;

“Public transport systems should carry passengers no more than 50% of their capacity in accordance with the rules of social removal.”