Federal Government Lifts COVID-19 Midnight Curfew and Crowd Restrictions


As of Wednesday, the Federal Government has formally lifted the midnight to 4 a.m. curfew/movement restrictions which were imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 (PSC) announced this in a statement.

The PSC stated that decision had followed the reduced risk of the importation of new COVID-19 variants, the decline of cases during the pandemic, the availability of the vaccines and the increasing number of people vaccinated both in Nigeria as well as globally.

The SGF stated that all political parties which involved large gatherings were to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines that were issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He said, “Use of face masks is to be mandatory for indoor activities but at the individual’s discretion during outdoor activities. Those aged 60 and above or with co-morbidities such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases are advised to uphold the use of universal precaution, which includes the use of face masks, avoiding crowds and frequents use of hand sanitizers.”

He then mentioned that while there were no limitations regarding air travel, travelers were to abide by existing protocols which includes the usage of face masks onboard and taking personal precaution measures.