By Robert Egbe
The Anap Basis COVID-19 Assume Tank on Sunday urged the federal and state governments to contemplate stress-free curfews and lengthening enterprise hours.
It mentioned lifting the curfew or limiting it to the six hours between 11pm and 5am will assist ease overcrowding.
The muse made the suggestions, amongst others, in an announcement signed by its Chairman, Atedo Peterside and Vice Chairman, Abubakar Siddique Mohammed.
There have been huge crowds at banks in a number of states since final Monday following easing of the lockdown, leading to social distancing violations.
The group thanked the federal government and its companies for his or her anti-coronavirus efforts up to now, however really useful “intensification of behaviour change communication campaigns on bodily distancing, hand washing and sporting material face coverings in public, to stop the unfold of COVID-19.”
It additionally made three different ideas.
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“We strongly consider that implementing some or the entire measures will assist in attaining the federal government’s goal of easing hardship on the residents, whereas curbing the unfold of COVID-19,” it mentioned.
They’re: “Lengthen enterprise hours and reserve one or two hours for the unique service of the aged, particularly at banks and supermarkets in consideration of their further vulnerability to Covid-19.
“Companies should implement bodily distancing of two metres between prospects. Obligatory sporting of fabric face coverings in public locations and public transportation and continued ban of bodily congregational non secular actions and different social occasions and/or ceremonies.”
It famous the latest clamour by some non secular leaders to permit bodily congregation since restricted financial actions have commenced, however disagreed with the decision.
“Worship can happen personally, at dwelling or nearly and we firmly consider that it isn’t but time to permit congregational non secular actions. Spiritual and social gatherings, ceremonies and financial actions which have a powerful propensity for bodily contact shouldn’t be the precedence presently,” the Anap Basis COVID-19 Assume Tank mentioned.
The 18-member Assume Tank includes personal sector professionals and clerics from Nigeria’s six geopolitical zones, the USA of America (USA) and Germany.