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Governor Sanwo-Olu Eases Lockdown With New Directives.

Before the expiry of the lockdown on Lagos State, Ogun State and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by the Federal Government on Monday, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of the State of Lagos, announced a strict framework for the movement and reopening of businesses starting on Monday 4 May.

  • All commercial vehicles must have a maximum carrying capacity of 60 per cent of full capacity and their drivers must use a face mask and observe other prescribed hygiene tips.
  • The Governor also suspended the service of commercial motorcycles across the state, popularly known as Okada, excluding those used for courier and logistics purposes. He instructed the tricycle drivers (Keke NAPEP) operating in unregulated areas, not to carry more than two passengers per trip and the passengers must keep an adequate distance.
  • He announced that food handlers at public restaurants and restaurants were required to wear masks and hand gloves at all times, especially during food preparation and serving. Only take-out meals and delivery services at restaurants and restaurants will be permitted, adding that in-dining services are currently not permitted.
  • The Governor said all businesses that will re-open next week will operate from 9 am and 3 pm hours. The new Business Operating Hours Regulation affects all commercial companies, banks, malls and local markets.
  • In addition, the Governor announced that water transportation companies would be limiting their operating hours to the time between 6 am and 6 pm daily. He said no vehicles carrying food products should have more than seven passengers in any circumstances.
  • The governor also declared that all public and private schools would remain closed, from primary to tertiary education. He asked the schools to continue the online classes and lessons they started a couple of weeks ago.
  • The Governor added that undertakings would be permitted to function within the context of the “Managed Easing Process,” clarifying that the expiry of the lockout was not an order to reopen the economy to the maximum.

“It is a gradual and controlled easing of the lockdown. We will continue to monitor the public health situation; the economic impact of the lockdown and always adjust our responses accordingly,” the Governor said.

Speaking further, the governor said

“Companies that choose to operate within this Controlled Easing Phase are to operate between 9am and 3pm. They are also directed to operate at a maximum of 60 per cent of their staff capacity. Some non-essential workers can continue to work online and remotely from the office. Online and work-from-home arrangements are highly encouraged to continue as much as is practicable.

“All entertainment centres, such as event centres, cinemas, arcades, bars, casinos, day clubs, nightclubs and beaches shall remain closed till further notice. Swimming pools, gyms, barber-shops, Spas, beauty salons, and all public parks, including those in private and residential estates, will continue to remain closed for another two weeks in the instance, at which point we will review and advise on the permissible opening date for these establishments.”

In addition, the Governor announced that water transportation companies would be limiting their operating hours to the time between 6 am and 6 pm daily. He said no vehicles carrying food products should have more than seven passengers in any circumstances.

The governor also declared that all public and private schools would remain closed, from primary to tertiary education. He asked the schools to continue the online classes and lessons they started a couple of weeks ago.

He also announced that he would inaugurate a Committee on Thursday, which will comprise representatives of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Private Transport Operators, Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), and the Lagos State Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget.

The Governor added that undertakings would be permitted to function within the context of the “Managed Easing Process,” clarifying that the expiry of the lockout was not a order to reopen the economy to the maximum.

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