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LASG approves meetings of 20 to 50 people in the latest Covid-19 directives

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By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Lagos State Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu ordered Saturday that mosques and churches should reopen for normal services starting next week, on August 7, after months of closure.

Sanwo-Olu also directed all SS3 and Technical Studies (TEC3) students in both day schools and boarding schools in the State to resume on Monday, August 3, 2020 according to the directive of the Federal Government.

The governor, who is also an incident commander, made the announcement in his seventeenth update on the report on the state of the coronavirus in the state, held at the Lagos House Marina.

According to the governor, “First, we are increasing the capacity allowed for public meetings from 20 to 50 people. This applies to a wide range of events, from AGM to funerals. Lakes should continue to keep in mind that there is documented evidence that mass gatherings can increase the spread of infectious diseases, such as the coronavirus.

“The places of worship in the state of Lagos will be able to open from Friday, August 7 for our Muslim faithful and on Sunday, August 9 for Christians, but only at 50 percent of their capacity.

“Churches whose main days of worship fall on Saturdays may celebrate their services on Saturdays, subject to the same guidelines as churches that hold services on Sundays.”

He reiterated that places of worship can only have their regular services once a week on designated days, adding that churches and mosques cannot have other services or scholarships outside of their main weekly services.

Sanwo-Olu continued: “Places of worship can schedule multiple services, on their designated days of worship, if necessary, as well as encourage as many people as possible to participate using virtual means.”

He listed the following conditions that must be met and met at all religious centers and places of worship that they plan to reopen to include: Only regular services / meetings are allowed. Night vigils and other non-regular programs remain prohibited until further notice.

Attendees over the age of 65 are discouraged from attending worship services.

The “No face mask, no entry” policy must be maintained throughout the duration of the services. Periodic cleaning and disinfection of the facilities must be carried out to maintain clean and hygienic environments before and after each service.

Appropriate detection equipment for COVID-19 symptoms, such as a non-contact temperature check, should be available to those entering the facility.

It is mandatory to provide hand washing facilities and disinfectants at the point of entry and exit of the premises. National emergency response hotlines should be prominently displayed on the premises.

Others are: Handshakes, hugs and “bump those five” are not allowed in services or meetings, and should be emphasized by prominently displaying appropriate signs.

The use of stationary collection boxes and electronic methods for bid collection should be encouraged.

The flow of human trafficking in and out of places of worship must be carried out in an organized and orderly manner.

Reopening of schools

With regard to schools, Sanwo-Olu ordered that the Secondary Schools should reopen, as previously communicated by the Ministry of Education, as of August 3, only for exit classes, that is, only for students of SS3 and TEC3 .

“This will allow them two weeks to participate in review classes and exams in preparation for the upcoming West Africa Exams (WAEC), which will begin on August 17, 2020.

“School authorities must take all standard precautions: hand washing facilities, physical distance, use of face masks, among others.”

He said state government officials would inspect all qualifying schools to ensure the requirements are met, adding that the state government will make facial masks available to all schools to which the reopening exemption applies, for the duration of the reopening.

Restaurants, bars

Sanwo-Olu said that restaurants would be allowed to open their services in the dining room, starting August 14, on the condition that they maintain a 50 percent occupancy capacity, and that they have also obtained a Certificate of Compliance from Provisional Security through the registration portal of Lagos State Security Commission: www.lasgsafetyreg.com

“Social clubs and recreational centers will now also be able to open from August 14, 2020, on condition that they have requested and obtained a Certificate of Provisional Security Compliance through the registration portal of the Lagos State Security Commission : www.lasgsafetyreg.com. Please note that these security authorization certificates are currently issued only to social clubs with registered administrators.

“Clubs and centers that reopen without meeting these mandatory requirements will be closed and treated in accordance with the
law.

“The closure of all spas, bars, lounges, nightclubs, cinemas, game rooms remains in place. The possible reopening of these places will be reviewed before the end of the month. “

He said the state government would increase monitoring and enforcement work to ensure that all guidelines and directives are followed to the letter.

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