Monday, 18 May 2020

Physical Distancing, Hygiene Shall Be The Basis Reopening Places of worship, Sanwo-olu Says! Olaleye Idowu


The Governor of Lagos state Mr. Babajide sanwo-olu have hinted conditions that will be meet before allowing places of worship to reopen which is to be that every church and mosques must observe Physical distancing  and hygiene.
Sanwo-olu made this disclosure at a press briefing on Sunday after the state Security Council meeting at the Lagos house in marina and that which was monitored by urban Express News Online through channel television network yesterday.

The Lagos state governor noted that with the size of the state economy and numbers of businesses operating in its domain, the government could not afford to keep people and businesses on lockdown.
He said in the coming days, official from the Lagos state safety commission and Lagos state environmental protection agency would be assessing the readiness of the players in identified sectors for supervised operations
 “We are at a level where we are reviewing the other arms of the economy. In the coming days, we will be starting what we call Register-to-Open, which means all players in the restaurant business, event centres, entertainment, malls and cinemas, will go through a form of re-registration and space management.
“There is a regulation that will be introduced to supervise this move. We will be coming to their facilities to assess their level of readiness for a future opening. I don’t know when that opening will happen in the weeks ahead, but we want these businesses to begin to tune themselves to the reality of COVID-19 with respect to how their work spaces need to look like.
“For us, it is not to say they should re-open fully tomorrow or any time; there has been a process guiding the re-opening.
“We will be mandating LASEPA and safety commission to begin the enumeration process and the agencies will be communicating with all relevant businesses and houses in the days ahead. I must, however, caution that this should not be misinterpreted as a licence for full opening; it is certainly not. The state’s economy is not ready for that now.”
Sanwo-Olu said the government agencies would also be visiting places of worship ahead of full reopening.
He stressed that social distancing and hygiene would be fully considered in determining whether mosques and churches could re-open.
“We are reviewing and considering how the phased unlocking will happen. If we see huge level of compliance, then it can happen in the next two to three weeks. If not, it could take a month or two months. It is until we are sure all these players are ready to conform to our guidelines,” the governor said.
Sanwo-Olu urged businesses, religious houses and residents to maintain the status quo, while the state worked out modalities for full re-opening.

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