BAN ON GATHERINGS
The government of Niger State issued an order banning gatherings of more than 50 people, indefinitely, to combat the spread of COVID-19. (See primary source or citation here)
Nigeria has been severely hit by the spread of COVID-19 and the associated sharp decline in oil prices. Government policy is responding to both these developments. The authorities have reported 6677 cases of COVID-19 and 202 deaths as of May 21, 2020. Over 40,043 samples have been tested. A range of measures were implemented to contain the spread of the virus, including closure of international airports, public and private schools, universities, stores and markets, and suspension of public gatherings, and lockdown of some states.
On March 29, President Buhari announced a cessation of movement in the Federal Capital Territory and in Lagos and Ogun States to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The lockdown went into effect at 11:00 pm on March 30 and will remain in place for an initial period of fourteen days. During this time, businesses and offices must remain closed and people are expected to stay at home. The lockdown has some exemptions, including hospitals and healthcare facilities and some commercial establishments in the food, energy, petroleum, and security sectors. Many hotels have already closed and we anticipate more will close in response to this lockdown announcement.