Banks, Government Offices and Manufacturing Companies to Reopen Monday, May 4-PTF

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) has issued a directive to banks, manufacturing companies, and government offices to reopen on Monday, 4th May.

This was disclosed in Abuja on Wednesday at the PTF’s daily briefing where guidelines were given for the gradual reopening of the country’s economy, that has been on hold since the onset of the pandemic in the country.

According to Boss Mustapha and Dr. Sani Aliyu who is the coordinator, banks will reopen on Monday but only work from 8am-2pm and must ensure social distancing is upheld.

However schools and social gatherings are to remain closed till further notice, while everyone in public places must wear face masks.

The PTF members disclosed that public buses would only be allowed to operate from 6am to 6pm and that drivers must maintain social distancing in terms of number of their passengers.

They further said that masks and thermometers must be made available by employers at their establishments, while reiterating that the reopening of economic activities doesn’t mean the fight against COVID-19 was over.

Mustapha said, “In line with Mr. President’s directive in paragraphs 38-41 of his broadcast (on Monday), the PTF has developed sector specific guidelines. The gradual reopening of the economy will span a total of six weeks broken into three tranches of two weeks each.

“This phased strategy is designed to reduce the pains of socio-economic disruptions while strengthening our public health response, which would ultimately reduce the recovery of our economy and provide succour for the poor and vulnerable.”

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