Nigeria shuts nightclubs, bans Xmas festivities, weddings in new covid-19 restrictions
London, Dec. 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria has joined other parts of the world to impose new restrictions amid the rising cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in various parts of the country.
New regulations and social distancing rules are being introduced across multiple European countries in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus as a second wave of the pandemic accelerates across the continent.
Europe reported more than 1.3 million new cases this past week, its highest single week count yet, according to the World Health Organization.
Channels TV reports that the new restrictions include the closure of all bars, nightclubs, pubs and event centres, as well as recreational venues in all states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
All restaurants were also directed to close, except those providing services to hotel residents, takeaways, home deliveries, and drive-ins.
Similarly, all informal and formal festivity events, including weddings, conferences, congresses, office parties, concerts, seminars, sporting activities, end of year events, have been restricted to not more than 50 people.
The government also limited all gatherings linked to religious events to less than 50 per cent of the capacity of the facility of use which physical distancing and use of face masks to be strictly enforced.
Mr Boss Mustapha, who is the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, announced this on Monday at the briefing of the task force in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
He explained that the directives were advisories issued to state authorities for implementation in the next five weeks.
According to Mr Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), events where more than 50 people are attending should be held outdoors only.
He added that public transportation systems should carry passengers not more than 50 per cent of their capacity, in compliance with social distancing rules.