By Amidu Arije
Lagos State Government has urged residents to adhere to all prescribed guidelines and safety measures put in place by the state to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic as it plans to fully reopen the economy.
The Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola who disclosed on Saturday in Alausa, at a media briefing held on the re-opening of the economy, noted that mass gathering in places of worship and social centres during this pandemic can increase the spread of the diseases.
According to him, re-opening of religious and event centres is not yet a full opening, it must be done in compliance with stipulated guidelines as directed by Mr. Governor.
He added that only Friday and Sunday services in Mosques and Churches are permitted in large ventilated areas, stressing that vigils and non-regular programmes are still not allowed.
“Attendees must not be less than 15 and not older than 65 years; the crowd capacity is limited to 40% with a maximum of 500 people, irrespective of the size of the structure and the physical distancing of two metres must be observed; compulsory use of masks; regular disinfectant of premises and strong personal hygiene must be embraced”.
“Appropriate screening equipment for COVID-19, such as contactless temperature checkers must be available for entrants into the facility; separate ingress and egress points must be conducted in a staggered and orderly manner”, he said.
The Director-General also disclosed that social clubs with registered trustees will be permitted to open in two weeks’ time upon obtaining provisional clearance certificate through the registration portal http://lasgsafetyreg.com.
He stated that restaurants outside hotels are only to open for take-out services and zero dining activity, while bars, nightclubs, spas, gyms, cinemas and parks remained closed until further notice.