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Proposed Phase Approach
- It is proposed that the
Nigerian economy is gradually reopened in phases to give room for
improvement in economic activities.
- The phase wise approach to
reopening provides the advantage of flexibility and allows a rapid and
efficient response to any change in the situation.
- Governors are charged with
monitoring the implementation of the reopening at the state level.
- Implementable on an LGA by LGA
basis within the state at Governor's discretion.
- Relevant Ministers will be
charged with the responsibility of tracking and monitoring the progress in
the selected sectors, while the NCDC will monitor health related issues.
- Each phase is proposed for an
initial 2 week period with progression on to the next phase subject to
review of progress.
- The NCDC guidelines for
interaction must be followed through all the phases to ensure continued
safety and mitigate the risk of a resurgence
Implementation Plan and Gating Criteria
decision on progression to a subsequent phase would be subject to evaluation by
the State and Federal government along with guidance from the NCDC. Decisions
would be made by evaluating data on active cases and the progress in the key
sectors within the state. Following the 2 week period, a decision would be made
whether to tighten the lockdown protocol, remain at the current phase or move
on to the next phase.
Core State Preparedness Responsibilites
Testing And Contact Tracing
- Improve testing capabilities and avenues to allow
time efficient testing of symptomatic individuals.
- Put in place responsive systems for tracing and
informing contacts of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases. Avenue should be
made for immediate testing and implementation of isolation and/or
quarantine procedure for these primary contacts.
Healthcare System Capacity
- Ensure relevant healthcare facilities within the
state have the requisite facilities and guidance needed to tackle the
- Ensure case loads are adequately
distributed across the healthcare facilities in the state to mitigate
incidence of over-burden of any individual facility.
- Provide protection for healthcare workers and
workers in other critical sectors such as agriculture and construction.
- Ensure that palliatives are efficiently
distributed across the state, catering to the most vulnerable individuals
- Ensure citizenry in the state remain informed on
and adhere to NCDC guidelines.
- Ensure the required additional attention is
provided to the most vulnerable individuals. These are individuals with
above the age of 50 as well as individuals with underlying health
- Ensure that all individuals within the state
adhere to the curfew and other lockdown parameters.
Guidelines Across All Phases
General NCDC Guidelines
- Regularly and thoroughly wash hands with soap
under running water or use alcohol-based sanitisers if water is not
- Cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or
tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose properly into a dustbin.
- Maintain at least 2 metres distance between
yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Do not spread fake news. Rely on the NCDC
official channels for information on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Other General Guidelines
- The following timelines have been specified:
Curfew 8.00pm - 6.00am and opening times for selected office opening times
9.00am - 2.00pm.
- People who are 50 years and above and/or have a
history of underlying health conditions such as diabetes, high blood
pressure, asthma, cancer and tuberculosis should stay at home.
- Non-essential interstate movement is prohibited.
- All social, religious or public gatherings are
Guidelines On Reopening the Nigerian Economy
Commencement date: Monday, 4th May, 2020
Commencement date: To Be Decided 2 Weeks from the 4th of May, 2020
- Phase two will see a further loosening of
restriction on the sectors that were reopened in phase one.
- It will also see the reopening of additional
sectors that remained closed in phase one. The specific sectors to be
opened will be subject to decision by the state and federal governments in
conjunction with the NCDC.
- Phase two will see a reduction of the travel
restrictions active in phase one subject to NCDC guidelines and advice.
- Implementation of the second phase is still under
the state government to allow tailored implementation at a state by state
- A more detailed guidelines for phase two would be
produced after the evaluation of the impact of the first phase.
Download PDF Here - Guidelines and
Recommendations: Reopening the Nigerian Economy
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