*File photograph of Dr. Aliyu, PTF National Coordinator
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Dr. Sani Aliyu earlier today disclosed that the Federal Government has given approval for hotels in the country to reopen from June 2, 2020. The government had ordered lockdown, which shut down the economy since March to enable the country to combat the unseen enemy. He spoke today with his colleagues at the regular PTF media briefing in Abuja.
Throwing more light on the directive, the National Coordinator of the PTF, Dr. Sani Aliyu said, “Effective from Tuesday, June 2, the easing of the lockdown will be characterised by the following: Hotels may reopen but must observe all mandatory non-pharmaceutical intervention. Restaurants other than those in hotels must remain closed for eating but are allowed to priotise and continue practicing the take-away system. Bars, gyms, cinemas and night clubs are closed till further evaluation.”
Dr. Aliyu who was among the PTF team that was at the State House on Sunday to brief the president on the journey so far stressed that the goal of the review is to allow the full restoration of the Nigerian economy. With the contraction in the crude oil price, which is the main stay of the Nigerian economy and the global effect of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Nigerian economy, according to expert was gradually slipping into another recession.