President Buhari has approved the reopening of recreational centres like gyms, amusement parks and cinemas following the recommendation of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF) Business a.m can confirm.
The federal government had shut down the country’s recreational facilities along with schools, religious centres and markets due to the COVID-19 pandemic that was was raging globally.
As a result of the pandemic, the country like many nations around the world went into a lockdown and has only been gradually easing the lockdown. The reopening of the recreational centres is part of the country’s movement into the third phase of the gradual ease of the lockdown.
In its directive, the PTF said that gyms, cinemas and amusement parks can start operations albeit at half capacity.
In a related development, the PTF has directed that all schools and the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) orientation camps remain closed until further notice.
According to Sani Aliyu, the national coordinator of the the PTF, there has to be solid risk assessments prior to schools being okayed to resume.
He however called on the schools to take proactive measures towards geared at resuming within this third phase of gradual ease of restrictions.
The PTF coordinator appealed to state governments to conduct risk assessments and ensure total compliance with the guidelines and non-pharmaceutical measures put in place to help combat the spread of COVID-19.