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Lagos announce measures to ease lockdown over COVID-19 scare

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Following Monday expiration of the lockdown imposed by the Federal Government on Lagos State, Ogun State and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos State Government has introduced strict framework for movement and re-opening of businesses in the state.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said these rules are to safeguard the gains which the State had made in the past four weeks in the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. With fundamental changes to public transportation system and business dealings at corporate offices, local markets and malls. The State Government will ensure the following :-

-Implementation of the dusk-to-dawn curfew announced by President Muhammadu Buhari last Monday .

– All commercial vehicles, the must carry maximum of 60 per cent of full capacity, no standing in BRT and LBSL buses, air-conditions in public transport should be off and their drivers must use face mask and observe other prescribed hygiene tips.

-Suspension of commercial motorcycles, popularly known as Okada activities across the State, with the exception of those used for courier and logistics purposes.

-Tricycles (Keke NAPEP) operating in unrestricted areas must not carry more than two passengers per trip while passengers keep appropriate distances.

-All food handlers at public eateries and restaurants have been mandated to wear masks and hand gloves at all times, especially during the preparation and serving of foods.

-Only take-out meals and delivery services will be permitted at eateries and restaurants ,that is, no in-dining services is allowed at the moment.

-All businesses that will re-open next week must operate between the hours of 9am to 3pm, including all corporate firms, banks, malls and local markets, with regular cleaning and decontamination of surrounding public areas.

-There will be a dusk-to-dawn curfew from 8pm to 6am daily, except for those offering essential services.

-All commuters are mandated to wear face masks at all times, sanitise with alcohol-based sanitizer or wash their hands with soap and running water before and after of every trip.

– All motor parks and garages must avoid overcrowding. Social distancing is required for passengers queuing up to board buses.

-Water transportation companies are restricted to the period between 6am and 6pm daily.

-He said under no circumstance should vehicles carrying food items have more than seven passengers.

-All public and private schools from primary level to tertiary education must remain closed, online classes and lessons should be organized ,instead.

– All entertainment centres, such as event centres, cinemas, arcades, bars, casinos, day clubs, nightclubs and beaches shall remain closed till further notice. Swimming pools, gyms, barber-shops, Spas, beauty salons, and all public parks, including those in private and residential estates, will continue to remain closed for another two weeks in the instance.

– Government’s whistleblower channels would be fully opened to report companies that would flout the new directives. Assuring guaranteed full protection and identities of whistleblowers.

-Inauguration of a Committee on Thursday, which will comprise representatives of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Private Transport Operators, Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), and the Lagos State Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget.

The committee,will thereby be charged with the responsibility of communicating the new State Government’s framework to their members for ease of implementation and compliance.

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