COVID-19 second wave: FCT shuts down clubs, bars, event centres, as partial lockdown begins

The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has shut down all bars, night clubs, pubs, events and recreational venues in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT for the next five weeks;

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

The meeting became necessary after the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19 listed the FCT as one of the epicentres in this second wave.

The Minister noted that the reason for the surge in the FCT, according to the PTF, was due to the lack of compliance with COVID-19 protocols especially the use of face masks and social distancing by residents

The Minister said that following the PTF guidelines and the authorization of President Muhammadu Buhari, that all the states and the FCT should assume full ownership of this stage of the response against the disease, the FCTA hereby declare that,

“All bars, night clubs, pubs, events and recreational venues in the FCT are to remain closed for the next five weeks;

“All restaurants, except those providing services to hotel residents; takeaways, home deliveries and drive-ins are to remain closed;

“All informal and formal festivity events including weddings, conferences, congresses, office parties, concerts, seminars, sporting activities, end of year events etc in the FCT are restricted to not more than 50 persons;

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

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

“Public transportation systems are to carry passengers not more than 50% of their capacity in compliance with social distancing rules.”

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