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. 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. Following a full lockdown that was placed on March 30, 2020, Nigeria's economy reopened gradually in three phases with incremental reductions of traveling and gathering restrictions. Phase 1 started on May 4, phase 2 on June 2, and phase 3 on September 4—which is still being implemented. In December 2020, Nigeria had entered the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with daily new cases doubling the peak of the first wave at end-January. Restrictions on mass gathering were reinstated. Public servants were ordered to stay at home and await further directives. Schools, however, resumed on January 18 after being shut down again from mid-December. Since peaking at 1,600 levels toward end-January, the 7-day moving average of new cases rapidly fell. Nigeria plans to vaccine 40% of its population in 2021 and additional 30% in 2022. Nigeria has requested 41mn vaccines from African Union and expects another 16mn doses under WHO-backed COVAX program. Nigeria received 3.92 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines on March 2nd (as the first shipment from the COVAX facility), commenced vaccination on March 12, and has vaccinated about 2 million (0.97 percent of population) with the first dose as of May 29.