The Lagos State Government has directed all public servants from GL 14 and below, except emergency workers and first responders, to work from home as from Monday, December 21 for the next 14 days – in the first instance.
The State has also banned all concerts, carnivals and street parties until further notice, while all schools have been ordered to shut down with immediate effect, and until further notice,
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu gave the directive in a statement as part of measures to flatten the curve of the second wave of covid-19 currently been experienced in the State and nationwide.
He directed all night clubs to shut down immediately, until further notice and reaffirmed the midnight to 4am curfew imposed by the Federal Government.
The Governor said the protocol of ‘No Mask No Entry’ must be enforced by all public places: Offices, Businesses, Markets, Shops, and so on and 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 and 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 and ample ventilation must also be maintained at all times in all venues, while deep cleaning of the premises must be carried out BEFORE and AFTER every event.
He announced that security agents have been mandated to ensure full enforcement, without exception and no one would be deemed to be above the law as 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.
Governor Sanwo-Olu who is currently being treated at home after contracting Covid-19 said his administration would continue to closely watch the profile of the unfolding situation, while also awaiting updates and pronouncements from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to ensure that the gains of the recent past are not frittered away on the altar of festivities and sheer carelessness.
According to the Governor, the current data does not warrant the introduction of a drastic lockdown; but calls for caution and behaviour modification.