Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State

Lagos outlines safety measures as businesses, offices, markets reopen May 4

* Business activities allowed from 9a.m. to 3p.m., bans Okada operations –Sanwo-Olu

* Says schools, religious centres, others remain closed till further notice
Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has said offices, businesses, markets and stores will be allowed to open daily between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on selected days from Monday.

Sanwo-Olu, who stated this Wednesday, April 29, at a media briefing in Lagos, said only 60 percent of staff members in businesses and offices should report for duty, and must wear facemasks.

The governor said everyone must observe precautionary measures, including keeping physical or distancing, use of facemasks, regular disinfection of offices, provision of hand-washing equipment and temperature checks.

However, as regards the Lagos State Government workforce, he disclosed that public officers from grade levels 1-12 are to work from home unless otherwise directed by their accounting officers.

According to him, the accounting officers are to determine who on grade levels 13 and above should go to work as of now.

Schools, entertainment centres, cinemas, arcades, bars, casinos, day clubs, nightclubs, beaches, swimming pools, gyms, barber-shops, spas, beauty salons, and all public parks will remain closed for two more weeks, he stated.

Sanwo-Olu said: “Businesses/companies are encouraged to make adequate arrangement for the transportation of their staff to their places of work to reduce the risk of contagion and exposure while travelling on public transportation.

“Companies transporting their staff to work in their private transportation arrangements shall be expected to strictly adhere to the principles of social distancing; as well as to enjoin their staff to practise very high levels of hand and personal hygiene.”

The governor said transport operators/companies must sanitise their vehicles, parks and garages regularly and continuously, at least before and after every trip.

They must have at the entrance of their parks hand washing equipment with running water; deploy temperature readers to test every passenger before boarding, and have alcohol-based sanitisers in their vehicles for drivers, conductors and passengers.

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

“All buses should be loaded to a maximum of 60 per cent of full capacity,” the governor said.

The state government also suspended the operation of commercial motorcycles, popularly known as ‘Okada’, across the state, except those used for courier and logistics purposes.

The governor further directed the drivers of tricycles, fondly referred to as “Keke” operating in unrestricted areas not to carry more than two passengers per trip and the passengers must keep an appropriate distance.

He also advised the elderly and persons with underlying or pre-existing health conditions to stay indoors as much as is practicable.

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