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Lagos Issues More Guidelines For Commercial Activities



On Tuesday, the Lagos State Government released further guidelines for the operations of commercial, manufacturing, institutional and recreational facilities that have just been opened in the state recently.

Speaking at a virtual briefing, the Environment and Water Resources Commissioner, Mr. Tunji Bello, said the guidelines were aimed at ensuring that the transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic to the population is curtailed.

He said Lagos State Public Health Law 2015 and Lagos State Environmental Management and Conservation Law 2017 are in compliance with the guidelines.

The instructions are to decontaminate premises / facilities using licensed Government outfits and authorised disinfectants / fumigants.

Certain services include the provision of personal hygiene equipment, such as running water and hand washing soap, digital thermometer, alcohol-based sanitizers and nose masks, as well as the commitment of 60 per cent of the workers to ensure physical distance for commercial, industrial facilities.

He said with the ravaging coronavirus, proper cleaning and sanitation of the environment, which include proper storage and waste disposal should be adhered to in addition to installation of  environmental, safety and warning signages for employees and customers about required and suggested measures.

Bello said that as part of the guidelines, organizations will focus on reconfiguring spaces to allow the necessary distance between employees and clients / customers, as well as create alternate ways of servicing customers as needed.

He also said organizations would prepare work schedules and shifts in line with the Lagos and National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines to accommodate phased shifts.

He listed the facilities affected which included supermarkets, shops and restaurants.

Others are industrial facilities: all manufacturing and packaging facilities, bulk terminals, logistics and haulage companies These guidelines also affect corporate and financial businesses that include all banks and finance houses, the Bureau de Change, insurance companies and corporate offices, construction camps and sites and commercial facilities: oil, gas, petroleum and diesel depots, petrol and diesel depots, etc.

He also listed institutional facilities: both public and private schools at all levels, government institutions, religious centers as well as residential facilities- private property as part of the facilities impacted by these guidelines when reopened.



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