Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Releases New Guidelines For First Phase Of Easing Lockdown

The Governor of Lagos State Babajide Sanwo has released amended guidelines for the beginning of first phase of easing lockdown in Lagos State.

Lagos State has begun the first phase of easing lockdown and many Lagosians trooped out to their various work places. Some people do not adhere to COViD-19 precautions as some people are seen without face mack while some do not adhere to social distancing advice by the NCDC.

Sanwo-Olu took to social media to warn Lagosians and released the amended guidelines. He wrote:

“In a few hours, we will begin the first phase of #EasingTheLockdown. At a press briefing today I shared updated guidelines for all sectors.

The work guidelines for members of the public service have been amended. ALL civil servants must work from home on Monday.”

…and only officers from Grade Level 15 and above have express permission to come to work from Tuesday. All other essential officers that may need to be at work will be informed by the Accounting Officer of each Ministry.

There will be a daily curfew from 8pm to 6am and all movement within these hours are prohibited, except for people on essential services, which are agro-products, petroleum products, relief materials and food supplies.

Food markets across the State are to be opened only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am to 3pm and non-food markets shall only open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays within the same stipulated hours.

We have amended and extended the operating hours for eateries and restaurants from 9am to 7pm, due to the Ramadan fasting.

Restaurants and eateries must operate only take-away and delivery services. There will be no dine-in services allowed.

Banks and other private firms are allowed to open with a maximum of 60% of their staff strength, operating within the hours of 9am and 3pm.

We urge private companies and manufacturing firms to arrange for the transportation of their essential staff that would be at work.

All places of worship will remain closed.

The same for educational institutions; they will remain closed till further notice. We encourage parents and school authorities to dialogue on alternative means of learning and come to an understanding.

Public transport services are to operate from 6am to 7pm daily. Vehicle capacity regulations will be communicated as the NUTRW/RTEAN have been in full engagement on achieving these regulations.

Residents who had their vehicles seized by @followlastma or the Police for minor offences can still get their vehicles back free of charge from Tuesday May 5th, 2020. Contact their call centres and digital channels for more information.

It should be common knowledge by now that it is absolutely mandatory that we ALL wear a facemask in public spaces.

We must do all we can to stop the spread of #COVID19 so we must all take responsibility and do what is necessary to remain safe.


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