COVID-19:THIS SECOND WAVE CALLS FOR A FULL RE-AWAKENING OF CAUTION AND PRECAUTION…GOV SANWO-OLU .

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… Schools closed indefinitely,civil servant to work from home.

The Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has called on lagosians to be fully awakened in the fight to flatten the spread of Covid-19 in the state.
He made this known yesterday in a broadcast after a virtual Executive Council meeting on issues around the resurgence of COVID-19 and how it should be tackled.
He said,”The Lagos State Government has sadly noticed that there is an unfortunate public perception that we have seen the end of the COVID-19 pandemic; that the worst is over. This is absolutely wrong and dangerous.
We are getting credible reports that the entertainment industry is planning large gatherings, concerts, street parties and carnivals, in the spirit of the Yuletide. Night Clubs have also re-opened in reckless disregard of the existing guidelines, and Events Centers are operating with huge gatherings without any regard for public health and safety guidelines.

This same disregard for Coronavirus guidelines is also being observed with Places of Worship across the State, in both their regular gatherings and the special gatherings organized to commemorate this Season. As you are all aware, Lagos State is recording an increase in COVID-19 cases in all local governments. This is not peculiar to Lagos alone; the entire country is also seeing an uptick in the numbers of confirmed cases of the Coronavirus disease.”
The governor cautioned that,”you will all agree with me that we cannot afford another lockdown of the economy. Amidst an economic recession we must find a way to delicately balance the imperatives of life and livelihood. With this in mind, the only solution available to us is to take responsibility for all our actions, and to understand that we must stay safe not only for ourselves but for the sake of the entire society.

The data we have – we strive to ensure that our decisions are as data-driven as possible – does not warrant the introduction of a drastic lockdown; we can achieve a lot simply by modifying our behaviour in other ways: reducing the size of gatherings, complying with containment protocols, and applying common sense.

The Lagos State Government is now sounding a clear note of caution to all residents on the importance of maintaining the guidelines that we have put in place to protect us from the ravages of COVID-19. We cannot afford a reversal of the gains we have made against this pandemic.”
GOV SANWO-OLU therefore ordered that,”All public servants from GL 14 and below, except emergency workers and first responders, are to work from home as from Monday, December 21st for the next 14 days – in the first instance.

· All schools must shut down with immediate effect, and until further notice.

· Concerts, carnivals and street parties are banned in Lagos State until further notice.

· Night Clubs have not been allowed to open yet. All Night Clubs in Lagos must immediately shut down, until further notice.

· The midnight to 4a.m curfew imposed by the Federal Government remains in place.

· The protocol of ‘No Mask No Entry’ must be enforced by all public places: Offices, Businesses, Markets, Shops, and so on.

· 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.

· 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.

· Ample ventilation must also be maintained at all times in all Venues, and Deep cleaning of the premises must be carried out BEFORE and AFTER every event.

· A minimum of 2 meters’ distance should be maintained between seated or standing guests.

· All guests and service providers at events MUST wear nose masks/coverings before entry.

· Hand sanitizers or hand washing units are to be positioned at the entry point and various spots within the hall. Provision must be made for all guests and service providers to wash their hands before entering the venue or use hand sanitizers, as well as undergo a temperature check, which is mandatory.

· Guests and service providers with high temperature (above 37.5) are to be politely turned back and referred to paramedics or the emergency response team that must be present.

· Health, Safety and Environment Officers must be present at all public gatherings (Religious or Social) and must be trained in basic first aid procedures.

· All Events’ Staff must also be educated on recognising COVID-19 symptoms.

· The Safety Commission has been directed to visit Event Centres and gauge compliance with the established guidelines, to stop the virus from spreading. If there is evidence of lack of compliance at any Event Centre, it will be shut down immediately.

· Security agents have been mandated to ensure full enforcement, without exception. No one will be deemed to be above the law.

· 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 .
Event Centre Owners/Planners/Vendors will be responsible for any breach of protocols by their Staff.
The governor advised that,”Let us take responsibility for the welfare and safety of all while we enjoy the festive season with friends and families. It is important that as a community we strictly abide by the above regulations in the context of a global pandemic, without prejudicing our efforts to keep the economy running and maintain our means of livelihood to a sufficient extent.

Let us use this festive season to spend quality time in small but controlled gatherings with family and friends in the spirit of the season.

This virus does not discriminate. We must TAKE RESPONSIBILITY, and not treat this pandemic with levity.”

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