COVID-19 Guidelines: FCT Minister Cancels Eid Prayer

The Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello has stated that the Eid prayer will not hold at the National Eid prayer ground in Abuja.

In a press release made available by the Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye on Monday revealed that the decision was in compliance with the COVID-19 renewed restrictions.

The statement enjoined all worshippers to join the Eid prayers in their neighbourhood and reiterated that indoor worships will only be limited to less than 50 persons.

It also advised that all COVID-19 guidelines should be adhered to over the third and fourth phase of the pandemic.

At the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 briefing on Monday, the National Incident Manager, Mukhtar Mohammed announced a nationwide curfew to curb the spread of the virus.

Mr Mohammed, as recorded by PremiumTimes said: “for gathering including wedding, parties meetings; we are expanding the limit to 50 people preferably Outdoors not in enclosed spaces and attendees must wear face masks and they must ensure proper sanitization of their hands and maintaining a physical distance.

“For land and rail transport, there are no limitations anymore on inter and intrastate travel but service providers must abide by status stipulations from the Federal Ministry of Transport and ensure that PPEs are used and where applicable physical distancing is observed.”

“For the public sector, we are maintaining the restriction and encouraging the work-at-home policy for staff below the level of grade level 12. Those at grade level 12 and above will be allowed to come to work.

“For the hospitality and entertainment industry, hotels will continue to remain open but observing all non-pharmaceutical interventions.”

He said amusement parks, gyms and cinemas “can open but at half capacity”, adding that event centres that provide outdoor spaces can open but not indoor event centres.

“Eateries and restaurants can only open for outdoor services and we will make sure this is complied with. Bars and nightclubs to remain closed until further notice. Each of authority within the state can provide additional guidelines for minimising risk in the state as it relates to these facilities and industries,” he said.

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