The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has directed that all informal and formal events including weddings, conferences, congresses, office parties concert and others in Abuja should be restricted to not more than 50 persons.
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, gave the directive in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Anthony Ogunleye on Wednesday in Abuja.
The Minister explained that the measures were part of resolution of an emergency Covid-19 meeting to contain the spread of the second wave of the pandemic in the territory.
Bello stated that the meeting was informed that the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 (PTF) in its briefing, had described the FCT as one of the epicenters in this second wave.
He blamed lack of compliance with non-pharmaceutical interventions by residents especially facial coverings in public, physical distancing and hand hygiene, for the surge in cases.
He stated: “Consequently, all bars, night clubs, pubs, events and recreational venues in the FCT are to remain closed for the next five weeks.
“All restaurants, except those providing services to hotel residents; takeaways, home deliveries and drive-ins are to remain closed.
“All informal and formal festivity events including weddings, conferences, congresses, office parties, concerts, seminars, sporting activities, end of year events etc in the FCT are restricted to not more than 50 persons.
“Similarly, facilities for religious events are restricted to less than 50 per cent of capacity of use during which physical distancing; mandatory use of face masks and hand hygiene are to be strictly enforced.”
Bello said that events of more than 50 persons are to be held outdoors only and virtual meetings are strongly encouraged.
The minister also said that public transportation systems are to carry passengers not more than 50 per cent of their capacity in compliance with social distancing rules.
He noted that all employees of the Federal Capital Territory Administration and the six Area Councils of the FCT on Grade Level 12 and below are to work from home for the next five weeks.
He directed heads of the various Secretariats, Departments and Agencies to be responsible for compliance, adding that all schools in the FCT are to remain on vacation until January 18, 2021.