FG lifts ban on interstate travel, okays reopening of schools for graduating classes/ Boss Mustapha

The Federal Government has lifted the ban on interstate travel -- weeks after the directive was introduced to combat spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

This was even as the Federal Government okayed the reopening of schools for graduating classes across the country.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this in Abuja on Monday. 

According to him, students in primary six, Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3 will be allowed to return to school.

He noted the directive was consequent upon the meeting between his team and President Muhammadu Buhari earlier in the day.

He said: “​I am pleased to inform you that Mr. President has carefully considered the 5th Interim Report of the PTF and has accordingly approved that, with the exception of some modifications to be expatiated upon later, the Phase Two of the eased lockdown be extended by another four weeks with effect from Tuesday, June 30, 2020 through Midnight of Monday, 27 July, 2020.

​”Specifically, however, the following measures shall either remain in place or come into effect:

“Maintaining the current phase of the national response, for another four weeks in line with modifications to be expatiated by the National Coordinator;

“Permission of movement across State borders only outside curfew hours with effect from 1st July, 2020;

“Enforcement of laws around non-pharmaceutical interventions by States, in particular, the use of face masks in public places;

“Safe re-opening of schools to allow students in graduating classes resume in-person in preparation for examinations.”