The Niger State Government has relaxed the curfew declared to curb the spread of coronavirus disease in the state.
The initial curfew which was from 10 a.m. to 12 midnight will now run from 2 pm to 10 pm beginning April 5.
According to the Punch, the Secretary to the State Government and Chairman Niger Task Force on COVID-19, Ahmed Matane, made this known on Sunday while addressing joirnalists in Minna.
He said this measure is to enable people stock food and other essentials needs as markets would now be opened from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Civil servants on grade level 1-12, earlier directed to stay at home, are now to resume work on April 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Government had earlier imposed a curfew from 10 am to midnight following residents non-compliance to the sit-at-home order as well as nonchalant attitude of some people towards the prevention of COVID-19 in the state.
“In this new order of relaxing curfew from 2 pm to 10 pm, civil servants on grade level 1-12 earlier directed to stay at home as part of measures taken by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19 are now to resume work on Monday, April 6, 2020, from 8 am to 2 pm.”
He, however, noted that movement of people and vehicles across the state remained banned and all entry point to the state remain closed except to those on essential services.