Following president mohammadu Buhari’s broadcast on the 27th of April, 2020, where he announced a gradual winding down of the lockdown process starting from May 4th of next month, the Lagos state governor Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu in furtherance with the post-implementation of the wine down process yesterday release phases of how activities of the state would operate the process of relaxation of the lockdown.
He said civil service grade level 1-12 would work from home while schools and religious activities will stay closed. For those on Grade Levels, 13 and above, accounting officers would carry out a needs assessment of critical staff, identify essential officers and draw up a flexible work roster in compliance with social distancing principles.
Companies that choose to work within the controlled easing phase must operate from 9:00 am to 3p.m deploying only sixty per cent of their staffs capacity
There would be an overnight curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. except for essential services. “This means that from the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., we expect all Lagosians to stay in their homes,” the governor said.
He said persons visiting these markets and stores would be required to observe precautionary measures of social distancing and hygiene.
“Malls will be allowed to open with the proviso that stores in the malls maintain a 60 per cent occupancy capacity, while also ensuring that a two-metre social distancing is maintained between every person and the next. Hand sanitizers and/or washbasins must be provided at all entry points, and temperature checks must be carried out.”
The governor said eateries and restaurants would be allowed to open daily between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. However, only take-out and delivery services would be permitted.
“All food handlers and the staff of eateries are expected to have gone through exhaustive health checks and must also practice high levels of personal and hand hygiene in serving members of the public. Food handlers are also mandated to wear masks and hand gloves at all times, particularly during the preparation and serving of food.
All schools and institutions - primary, secondary and tertiary - remain physically closed. Students are expected to continue learning via online and media channels. All places of worship, formal and informal, would remain closed from any form of congregational services or assemblage, until further notice”, he said.
On public transportation, he said: “All buses should be loaded to a maximum of 60 per cent capacity. This means that if a bus normally takes 10 people at full capacity, during this period, no more than six persons can be allowed to board at any point in time.
“Whistleblowers are encouraged to report companies that flout these directives. Our whistleblower channels will be duly communicated to the public. Whistleblowers are guaranteed full protection. Their identities will be kept strictly confidential.
“All entertainment centres such as event centres, cinemas, arcades, bars, casinos, day clubs, nightclubs and beaches will remain closed till further notice. Swimming pools, gyms, barbershops, spas, beauty salons, and all public parks, including those in private and residential estates, will continue to remain closed for another two weeks.”