Lockdown: Buhari mandates compulsory use of facemasks, upholds bans on public gatherings, inter-state movements

Lockdown: Buhari mandates compulsory use of facemasks, upholds bans on public gatherings, inter-state movements


The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has mandated the compulsory use of facemask or coverings in the public.

Buhari noted that the aim of this is to prevent the further spread of the novel Coronavirus in the country.

The President stated this during the live televised broadcast on Monday, 27th April, where he addressed the citizens on COVID-19 pandemic.

He said, “We will strictly ensure the mandatory use of face masks or coverings in public; in addition to maintaining physical distancing and personal hygiene.”


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According to the broadcast, the current restrictions on both social and religious gatherings remain in force.

” Furthermore, the restrictions of all social and religious gatherings shall remain in place. The government encourages state governments, corporate organisations and philanthropists’ support of the production of cloth masks for citizens,” he said.


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Buhari however stressed that ban on such gatherings will be strictly followed with aggressive reinforcement of testing; as well as contact tracing measures while allowing the restoration of some economic and business activities in certain sectors.


Breakdown of new nationwide measures


President Buhari highlighted the new nationwide measures in place; which include selected businesses and offices allowed to operate within the hours of 9am and 6pm.

Others are; “An overnight curfew from 8pm to 6am; in other words, prohibition of all movements; during this period except essential services.


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“There will be a ban on non-essential inter-state passenger; travels until further notice. More so, partial and controlled interstate movement of goods and services; will be allowed for the movement of goods and services from producers to consumers.”


In the meantime, the lockdown in the FCT, Lagos and Ogun States shall subsist or remain in place; until the new measures come into effect on Monday, 4th May 2020 at 9am.

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