FG Approves Resumption Of Football Leagues, Other Outdoor Sporting Activities

The Federal Government has approved the resumption of contact sporting activities, in particular all outdoor activities such as football.

Sporting activities have been banned since March 2020 as part of measures to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19 pandemic.

But at a press briefing on Thursday, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, said outdoor sporting activities can now resume across the country.

Aliyu noted that the approval would be effective Monday, October 19, 2020.

He, however, stated that mass gathering would not be allowed to avoid a second wave of the pandemic.

“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 NCDC (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control),” he said.

“However, this is limited to the actual sports itself and not mass gathering.

“In this regard, 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.

“Gatherings in enclosed spaces will continue to be limited to 50 persons with physical distancing and the wearing of face masks.”

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