Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State

Lagos issues new guidelines on reopening markets, malls, workers’ resumption

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As the COVID-19 nationwide lockdowns ease off and businesses resume partial operations in Nigeria Monday, May 4, 2020, the Lagos State Government has said markets, where non-food items are sold, will be allowed to open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only.

ConsumerConnect reports Dr. Wale Ahmed, Honourable Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Lagos State, in a statement via the State Government’s official Twitter account, stated that the markets and stores would be opened from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. on the selected days.

All food and farm produce sellers will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Dr. Ahmed said.

According to him, as the COVID-19 lockdown gradual eases off in Lagos State from Monday, May 4, safety measures must, however, be observed in the markets.

Explaining the fresh measures, he said malls would be opened with the proviso that such stores would maintain a 60% occupancy capacity and observe adequate physical distancing.

The Lagos State Honourable Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs added that those handling food must wear nose masks and hand gloves in the markets.

He as well mandated shop owners to provide hand sanitiser and wash hands with soap and running water at all entry points; conduct temperature checks on all customers.

However, the Commissioner warned that the Lagos State Government would not tolerate street trading.

All market leaders have promised to ensure compliance with the laid out guidelines, he stated.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has directed all the state civil servants from grade level 15 and above are to resume work on Tuesday, May 5 2020, according to the Lagos State Government.

Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, announced the directive Sunday, May 3, at a press conference as the commercial city begins the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown Monday.

Governor Sanwo-Olu stated while the affected workers will resume duties, those below Grade Level 14 are expected to remain at home from Monday, May 4.

“Governor of Lagos State, Mr @jidesanwoolu has ordered ALL State Public Servants to stay at home for tomorrow 4th May 2020, while ONLY Grade Level 15 and above can come to work from Tuesday,” a tweet by Gawat Jubril A. (@Mr_JAGss) May 3, 2020, noted.

As of late Saturday night, 2 May 2020, Nigeria had 2, 388 COVID-19 infections with Lagos State accounting for 1, 068, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Further analysis of the figures in Lagos State indicated that 791 of the cases are active, whereas 247 persons have been discharged with 30 lives lost to the pandemic.

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