The Federal government’s total lockdown order on the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos, and Ogun states which commenced on Monday March 30 lapsed on Monday 4th May. While not completely removed, it is being gradually eased through the introduction of guidelines for public engagements, which includes the commencement of an 8pm – 6am curfew, compulsory wearing of face masks in public places, mandatory supervised isolation for travelers, and social distancing protocols for businesses categorized as permitted to reopen within this period.
Below is an infographic explainer of the guidelines for the eased lockdown.
State of the States
The initial 2 weeks lockdown order on Kano state was relaxed for six hours between 10am and 4pm on Monday 4th and Thursday 7th May, 2020 following consultations between the Federal government and the Kano state government. Governor Abdullahi Ganduje ordered the compulsory use of face mask for commuters during these two days.
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike on Monday 4th of May, announced a 24-hour lockdown on Port Harcourt City, and a dusk to dawn curfew on Obio/Akpor Local Government Area until further notice as part of the state government’s measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. He further announced a ban on vehicular movements, and gathering of more than two persons in these affected areas, except for those of essential services.
Kogi and Cross River states remain the only two states with no record of Covid-19 cases in Nigeria. The Federal Government last week sent a delegation from Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and the Department of Hospital Services of the Federal Ministry of Health to Kogi state to assist the state in boosting its testing capacity. Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi however stated that in compliance with the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on Covid-19 management, the delegates should self-isolate for 14 days after which they will be tested and only if their results come out as negative will they be allowed to operate in the state. Unable to comply with the governor’s order, the delegation left the state without fulfilling their mission.
Kaduna state government continued enforcing its 30-day total lockdown which commenced on Monday, 27th of April, based on recommendations from the State Standing Committee on Covid-19, chaired by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe.
Plateau state government directed that the total lockdown in the state be relaxed from Midnight every Thursday to Midnight every Sunday to enable residents to restock their homes with foodstuff.
On Sunday, 10th of May, Bauchi state governor Bala Mohammed announced a 10-day lockdown on three local government areas that borders Kano and Jigawa states, specifically: Katagum, Giade and Zaki local government areas, in a bid to contain cross-border infections in Bauchi.