The Federal Government, on Wednesday, has reviewed the total lockdown it imposed on the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos and Ogun states on Tuesday, just as COVID-19 cases rose to 174 with 35 new cases.

The government, in the new guidelines it issued on Wednesday, states that supermarkets and pharmacies are to open from 10am to 4pm every day, but must maintain a high level of hygiene.

Also markets selling food would open from 10am to 2pm every other day.

The new guidelines also ban bus services during the lockdown. It adds that a mass gathering of more than 20 people is not allowed.

In the new guidelines released to journalists by Dr. Sani Aliyu, the National Coordinator for the fight against COVID-19, during a press conference organised by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, supermarkets, food stores, pharmacies and markets are exempted from the lockdown, but must operate under strict rules

He said all residents of the two states and the FCT would be confined to their homes, except for the purpose of performing an essential service, obtaining essential goods or service or seeking medical care.

The coordinator also said, “Borders linking the two states and the FCT to the rest of the country will be shut during the period of the lockdown, except for the transport of persons on essential duties, transport of food, fuel, manufactured goods or donated relief items. Security agencies are please invited to note these.”

“Retail shops and malls must be closed except where essential goods are being sold. Shops and malls that are opened for this reason must enforce social distancing and hygienic measures in line with issued guidelines.

“Any business or organisation providing essential goods and services must identify the workers who will perform these activities.

Commuters services between cities and states, including passenger services, bus services, e-hailing services, maritime and air passenger transport are suspended for the period of the lockdown in the affected states and the FCT.”

He, however, noted that limited transport services would be allowed for the movement of workers, services and goods in response to COVID-19 and for the purpose of seeking medical attention or provision of essential services.