COVID-19: Wearing of Face Masks now Optional in Nigeria

The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced the ease of COVID-19 restrictions in the country, with the wearing of face masks in public places optional.

On Thursday, the Head of Technical Secretariat, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Dr Muktar Muhammed, revealed this development in Abuja.

Muhammed said, “We are easing up restrictions, but it’s important we do so responsibly. Last week, we suspended the limit placed on public gatherings, curfews and other social measures.

“The use of face masks in open spaces is now discretionary. We shall not hesitate to remove all mandates once the disease is no longer of public health consequence.“

Mr Muhammed revealed that the decision on the final relaxation of measures will be after Easter.

The Personal Assistant on Digital and News Media to the President, Bashir Ahmad, confirmed this development in a tweet on Thursday.

Bashir tweeted, “COVID-19: The use of face masks in open places is no longer mandatory in Nigeria.”

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