Coronavirus: Sanwo-Olu Announces Guidelines For Easing The Lockdown In The State

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday announced the guidelines for the ease of coronavirus lockdown which will take effect on May 4.

The guidelines were announced while briefing the media and the statement was shared via his official Instagram page which reads:

“In furtherance to the anticipated expiration of Federal Government (FG)imposed lockdown, the Lagos State Government has developed a strict framework to guide movement and the gradual re-opening of businesses from Monday, 4th May 2020.

The lockdown expiration is not a directive for full reopening of the economy, however businesses will be allowed to operate within the “Controlled Easing Phase Framework”.

All business to re-open next week within this framework are hereby mandated to operate between 9am to 3pm, with a maximum staff strength of 60%. Other non-essential workers should be encouraged to work remotely. Effective Monday we will begin implementation of the FG imposed dusk to dawn curfew from 8pm to 6am daily.

All commuters are mandated to wear face masks and wash/sanitize their hands before every trip. All garages and motorparks must observe social distancing while queuing up to board transport vehicles.

All Buses are required to be loaded to a maximum capacity of 60%, whilst air conditioners in public transport vehicles must be switched off and windows wound down.

At no time should there be more than 7 passengers in any vehicle transporting food items. The use of commercial motorcycles (okada) is prohibited state-wide until further notice, whilst tricycles (keke) operating in unrestricted areas are not allowed to carry beyond 2 passengers at any time. Water transportation is also restricted from 6am to 6pm daily.

All entertainments centres such as bars, event centres, cinemas, nightclubs, and beaches should remain closed. All worship centres, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions should also remain closed until further notice. Swimming pools, barber-shops, spas, beauty salons will continue to remain closed for another 2 weeks prior to a review and advise on a permissible opening date for these establishments.

The statement continues:

It is important to acknowledge the role of the banking sector in sustaining the economy, hence banks are encouraged to open all their branches and offer their full complement of services to the public within the stipulated hours of 9am to 3pm.

They must also ensure that their ATMs and other devices used by members of the public, are regularly disinfected and sterilized.

We will be unveiling a whistle blower channel to report organizations that flout the new directives. Whistleblowers would be guaranteed full protection and their identities would be kept strictly confidential.
I will be inaugurating a committee of various stakeholders to communicate the newly introduced guidelines to their members, for ease of implementation and compliance.

It is a gradual and controlled easing of the lockdown. We will continue to monitor the health situation and economic impact, with a view to adjust our responses accordingly.

Residents and organizations are hereby advised to adhere strictly to these new directives, as members of the public who are found wanting, would face the full wrath of the Law.”

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