The Federal Government has given approval for a restart of non-contact sporting activities including football effective from Monday, October 19, 2020.
This was disclosed by the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force, PTF on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, during the PTF briefing in Abuja on Thursday.
Due to the outbreak of #COVID19 in the country, the Nigerian Government had in March barred sporting activities as part of measures to curtail the spread of the virus.
While briefing Nigerians, Aliyu said, the lifting of restriction on outdoor activities including football is in line with earlier consultations with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
According to him, this is limited to the actual sports itself and not mass gathering, adding that mass gathering at sports centres is still restricted as this represents an opportunity for the virus to spread at an increased risk of a second wave.