COVID-19: Buhari govt lifts midnight curfew, ban on large gatherings


The Federal Government has lifted the midnight curfew and crowd restriction at weddings, concerts, and other crowded places.

The Presidential Steering Committee, PSC, on COVID-19 disclosed the lifting of the ban following the receding of the number of cases in the country.

A statement by the committee said the decision followed the reduced risk of importation of new variants.

The committee said states must continue to ensure the use of facemasks for indoor activities.

The statement reads: “States should continue to consider them as the minimum guidelines required to ensure an acceptable level of epidemic control nationwide.

“Use of face mask to be mandatory for indoor activities but at individual’s discretion during outdoor activities; those aged 60 and above or with co-morbidities such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease are advised to uphold the use of universal precaution which includes the use of face mask, avoid crowd, and frequent use of hand sanitisers.

“No limitation on air travels – both domestic and international flights; both international and domestic travellers must abide by all existing protocols, including the use of face mask while onboard and taking personal precaution measures; and all arriving international passengers must register with the Nigeria International Travel Portal ( and abide by the travel guidelines.

“No limitations on inter or intra-state travel; all vendors and service providers must abide by stated stipulations from the Federal Ministry of Transportation; all passengers and commuters must wear face masks once on board, as well as continue to observe personal precautionary measures.”

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