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Banks, Hotels, Others Back As Govt Reopens Businesses

The Federal Government has given the nod for hotels in the country to reopen beginning from June 2.

National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, stated this during a briefing in Abuja on Monday.

He said, “Effective from Tuesday, June 2, the easing of the lockdown will be characterised by the following:

“Hotels may reopen but must observe all mandatory non-pharmaceutical intervention.

“Restaurants other than those in hotels must remain closed for eating but are allowed to priotise and continue practicing the take-away system.

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“Bars, gyms, cinemas and night clubs are closed till further evaluation.”

Aliyu also said banks in the country could resume ‘normal working hours’ effective June 2.

He said, “Effective from Tuesday, June 2, the easing of the lockdown will be characterised by the following:

“There will be full opening of the financial sector with banks now allowed to operate normal working hours five days a week.”

He added that the PTF has reviewed the 8pm-6am curfew earlier announced by President Muhammadu Buhari during his address on April 27.

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Aliyu said the curfew would now be between 10pm and 4am daily.

“Persons that are on essential duty including but not limited to those involved in the provision of health services, media services and critical infrastructure are exempted,” he said.

The task force also said that schools would remain closed “for now”.

It added that the aviation industry has been requested to start developing protocols for domestic flights to possibly resume from June 21.

The team said interstate travel remains prohibited except for goods and essential travel.

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