The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has reduced the nationwide curfew from 10pm to 4am.

The National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr Sani Aliyu, announced this on Monday at the daily briefing of the task force in Abuja, the nation’s capital. He said:

“Effective from tomorrow, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, the easing of the lockdown will be characterised by the following: The nationwide curfew will remain in place but the timing of this will be reduced to 10pm-4am.

“And just to clarify, the purpose of the curfew is to limit social interactions and, therefore, reduce the risk of transmission of the virus,” he added.

The PTF national coordinator also announced the reopening of the nation’s financial sectors and religious centres.

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

“The mass gathering of more than 20 people outside of a workplace or places of worship remains prohibited.

“There will be controlled access to markets and locations of economic activities, but local authorities will continue to provide guidance on opening times.”

All interstate travels by individuals remain prohibited except for essential travel and the movement of goods and services.

Schools are to remain closed, as protocols have not yet been concluded for them to resume.