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Sanwo-Olu Directs Indefinite Closure of Schools, Asks Civil Servants From Levels 14 Down to Work From Home

By Amidu Arije

Following the continued rise in recorded cases of coronavirus pandemic in Lagos and the country at large, the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has directed an indefinite closure of schools in the state.

The governor also announced as a measure to avoid second wave of the COVID-19 lockdown directed that all civil servants in grade levels 14 down to work from home.

Sanwo-Olu handed the instruction down as he warned residents against laxity in the fight against the dread disease.

He said, “For the avoidance of doubt, the following measures must be noted and complied with: All public servants from GL 14 and below, except emergency workers and first responders, are to work from home as from Monday, December 21st for the next 14 days – in the first instance. All schools must shut down with immediate effect, and until further notice.”

The governor also said all forms of carnivals, concerts and street parties are banned in the state forthwith.

“Concerts, carnivals and street parties are banned in Lagos State until further notice.”

Other public health measures to be enforced by the state government as announced by the governor are as stated below.

Night Clubs have not been allowed to open yet. All Night Clubs in Lagos must immediately shut down, until further notice.
•The midnight to 4a.m curfew imposed by the Federal Government remains in place.
•The protocol of ‘No Mask No Entry’ must be enforced by all public places: Offices, Businesses, Markets, Shops, and so on.
•All Places of Worship (Churches, Mosques, etc.) must ensure that no gathering exceeds two hours, and also that no gathering exceeds 50% of the maximum capacity of the Venue.
•All Event Planners must obtain prior clearance from the Lagos State Safety Commission (www.lasgsafetyreg.com) for all events, and ensure that any planned gatherings do not exceed 300 people.
•Where the capacity of a Venue exceeds 300 and permission has been granted, the occupancy shall not be more than 50% of such a venue.
•Ample ventilation must also be maintained at all times in all Venues, and Deep cleaning of the premises must be carried out BEFORE and AFTER every event.
•A minimum of 2 meters’ distance should be maintained between seated or standing guests.
•All guests and service providers at events MUST wear nose masks/coverings before entry.
•Hand sanitizers or hand washing units are to be positioned at the entry point and various spots within the hall. Provision must be made for all guests and service providers to wash their hands before entering the venue or use hand sanitizers, as well as undergo a temperature check, which is mandatory.
•Guests and service providers with high temperature (above 37.5) are to be politely turned back and referred to paramedics or the emergency response team that must be present.
•Health, Safety and Environment Officers must be present at all public gatherings (Religious or Social) and must be trained in basic first aid procedures.
•All Events’ Staff must also be educated on recognising COVID-19 symptoms.
•The Safety Commission has been directed to visit Event Centres and gauge compliance with the established guidelines, to stop the virus from spreading. If there is evidence of lack of compliance at any Event Centre, it will be shut down immediately.
•Security agents have been mandated to ensure full enforcement, without exception. No one will be deemed to be above the law.
•Any and all breaches of these regulations and public health protocols will lead to immediate closure as well as attract heavy fines, and any other sanctions and penalties deemed fit, in line with the Lagos State Infectious Diseases Control Regulation 2020.
•Event Centre Owners/Planners/Vendors will be responsible for any breach of protocols by their Staff.

The governor who said his health condition is daily improving for the better cautioned that resurgence of the COVID-19 must be tackled with all seriousness.

He said, “Regarding my health, I am glad to inform you that I am getting better by the day, and all will surely be well. I thank Lagosians for their prayers and overwhelming kind thoughts. I am, indeed, very grateful.

I have just risen from a virtual Executive Council meeting on issues around the resurgence of COVID-19 and how we should tackle this serious matter.

The Lagos State Government has sadly noticed that there is an unfortunate public perception that we have seen the end of the COVID-19 pandemic; that the worst is over. This is absolutely wrong and dangerous.”

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