Lagos, Abuja, and other States’ new rules for the second wave of Covid-19


As many parts of Nigeria prepares for the second wave of the coronavirus, there have been some latest rules from different States in Nigeria and you should know how they will affect you during this Christmas and New Year festive season.

At least in five major states, authorities have announced their new guidelines to help fight the coronavirus.

The federal minister of health Dr Oaagie Ehanire earlier said he has ordered isolation and treatment centres to open again as some were close because there was no patients to treat there.

The government believes that the country may have entered the second wave of Covid-19, based on the confirmed cases and deaths.

Second wave – like it has happened in other countries, – could make Nigeria enter another lockdown.

As at 21 December, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reported 78,434 cases, compare to 66,228 one month earlier on 21 November.

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Dr Ehanire gave warnings to Nigerians saying, since the vaccine hasn’t reached us, they must take extra care not to spread or catch coronavirus during the festive period.

Meanwhile some state governments have released guidelines for the yuletide season as preparations to counter Covid-19 second wave has began.

Let’s see how the lockdown will affect citizens:

Lagos (18 December)

From 21 December, public servants from level 14 down, will begin working from home for two weeks. (except for emergency workers and first responders).

Religious centres services will not exceed two hours, and congregation must not be more than 50%. Concerts, carnivals and street parties are banned until further notice. All schools must be closed with immediate effect till further notice.

Abuja – FCT (21 December)

Recreational and entertainment centres must follow the rules and conditions the government gave them. Compulsory temperature checks for all workers and customers entering any office or business place.

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All business and office premises must have their hand-washing station having water and soap or hand sanitizers. All rules placed on worship centres on 4th June 2020 are still in place, and public must obey them.

Anambra (16 December)

Large gathering in one place is ‘discouraged’ e.g weddings, funerals and town gathering. Risk communication training for all 21 Local Government Areas including their chairmen.

Imo (21 December)

All state secretariat must be closed from 21 December 2020. All government workers must stop work except for permanent secretaries and political appointees. No social gathering must exceed hundred persons and they must maintain social distancing orders.

Kaduna (20 December)

Face mask is compulsory for anyone leaving their houses. Large gathering is banned. From 21 December, public servants from level 14 down, will begin working from home.

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Religious centres services will not exceed one hour, and people are not supposed to be many there. Transport workers must carry only two passengers per row, and the vehicle not to carry more than 50% passengers.

Supermarkets, hair dressing and barbing salons, can remain open but customers must wear face mask. Hotels can open, but their bars and restaurants can only have room service.

Restaurants can open but people must not eat inside, customers should be served in takeaway. Event centres, night clubs, gyms, bars are closed till further notice. Schools must remain closed until further notice.

Now that you’ve seen this states new rules on the second wave of the Covid-19 Pandemic, what do you have to say about them?

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