COVID-19: Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Announces New Measures To Ease Lockdown in Lagos State

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Ahead of the May 4th expiration of the lockdown imposed by the Federal Government on Lagos State, Ogun State and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Lagos State Government has introduced a strict framework for movement and re-opening of businesses.

The Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, announced this in a series of tweets on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.

“Eateries and restaurants to open between 9 am -3 pm and are to do only takeout. No eat in. Also, 9 am — 3pm only! Take note! Must wear gloves and masks. Markets to open from 9am to 3pm on selected days,” he tweeted.

Sanwo-Olu also ordered all entertainment centres within private estates to remain closed.

He said, “All entertainment centres including gyms, spa, recreational facilities inside private estates are to remain closed for two weeks post lockdown in Lagos. This would be reviewed after two weeks.”

The governor also asked tricycle operators to take two passengers per trip in areas where they are allowed to operate.

“Commercial motorcycle operation (Okada) is also suspended across the state during the period of lockdown while tricycles (Keke Napep) is limited to two passengers only.

“All commuters to wear masks and gloves. Handwashing equipment and thermometers must be provided. Buses to load 60 per cent capacity. No standing.”

On burial ceremonies, Sanwo-Olu said, “Funerals are permitted”, adding that “Only 20 people permitted and that includes the officiating ministers and Imams. No party to follow it.”

The Governor also announced that he would inaugurate 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, he said, will 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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