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Sanwo-Olu announces new measure to ease lockdown as he suspends okada operations

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Ahead of the Monday expiration of the lockdown imposed with the aid of the Federal Government on Lagos State, Ogun State and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos State Government has brought strict framework for motion and re-opening of businesses.

The set of new guidelines, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu stated in his ninth briefing at the State House in Marina, are to shield the features which the State had made in the previous 4 weeks in the combat in opposition to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

From subsequent Monday, Sanwo-Olu stated the State Government will be imposing the dusk-to-dawn curfew introduced with the aid of President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday as section of the phased measures to minimize threat of contagion of the COVID-19 ailment amongst the residents and to consolidate on the response method deployed to fight the pandemic.

The Governor introduced that the State public officers from stage 1 to 12 ought to remain and work from domestic except in any other case directed via their Accounting Officers, announcing the Accounting Officers of more than a few Ministries would raise out wants evaluation of different crucial who are want to record to work.

He said;

For those on Grade Levels 13 and above, Accounting Officers will carry out a Needs Assessment of critical staff, identify essential officers and draw up a Flexible Work Roster in compliance with Social Distancing principles. The Head of Service will provide further details via a circular.

The Governor’s new framework made vital adjustments to public transportation machine and commercial enterprise dealings at company offices, nearby markets and malls.

All passenger buses are no longer accepted to load to full capacity, Sanwo-Olu ordered in the new guidelines. All industrial vehicles, the Governor said, need to elevate most of 60 per cent of full potential and their drivers ought to use face masks and have a look at different prescribed hygiene tips.

The Governor additionally suspended the operation of industrial motorcycles, popularly acknowledged as Okada, throughout the State, with the exception of these used for courier and logistics purposes.

Sanwo-Olu directed the drivers of tricycles (Keke NAPEP) running in unrestricted areas no longer to raise greater than two passengers per outing and the passengers should hold splendid distance.

Besides, meals handlers at public eateries and eating places have been mandated through the State Government to put on masks and hand gloves at all times, mainly in the course of the practise and serving of foods.

Only take-out foods and transport offerings will be accredited at eateries and restaurants, Sanwo-Olu ordered, warning that in-dining offerings will no longer be allowed at the moment.

The Governor stated all companies that will re-open subsequent week should function between the hours of 9am to 3pm. The new directive on enterprise working hours impacts all company firms, banks, department shops and nearby markets.

He said;

Following the culmination of the second phase of the lockdown on Lagos, Ogun and the FCT, and the nationwide address by President Muhammadu Buhari, it has become imperative for me to address our residents and to share a broader framework for the implementation of the President’s directives here in Lagos.

The Governor stated that;

There will be a dusk-to-dawn curfew from 8pm to 6am daily. This means that we expect all Lagos residents to stay in their homes in these hours, except those in essential services.

All commuters are mandated to wear face masks at all times, sanitise with alcohol-based sanitizer or wash their hands with soap and running water before and after of every trip. All motor parks and garages must avoid overcrowding. Social distancing is required for passengers queuing up to board buses.

Governor Sanwo-Olu noted that;

All buses should be loaded to a maximum of 60 per cent of full capacity. No standing allowed in all BRT and LBSL bus operations. All air- conditioning systems in public transport systems must be switched off.

Commercial Motorcycles, popularly known as Okadas, are to suspend their operations statewide, except for those motorcycles used for courier and logistics purposes. Tricycles (Kekes) operating in unrestricted areas, must not carry more than two passengers per trip and must ensure appropriate social distancing is maintained between passengers.

In addition, the Governor introduced the limit of running hours of water transportation agencies to the length between 6am and 6pm daily.

He stated underneath no circumstance should cars carrying meals items have extra than seven passengers.

All public and non-public faculties from foremost degree to tertiary training have to stay closed, Sanwo-Olu directed. He stated on line instructions and classes that had already been started out should proceed till similarly notice.

The Governor added that groups will be allowed to function inside “Controlled Easing Phase” framework, clarifying that the expiration of the lockdown used to be no longer a directive for the full reopening of the economy.

He said;

It is a gradual and controlled easing of the lockdown. We will continue to monitor the public health situation; the economic impact of the lockdown and always adjust our responses accordingly.

Sanwo-Olu stated the function of banking zone in sustaining the economy, urging banks to open all their branches and provide full complement of their offerings to the public.

He, however, stated banking operations ought to fall inside the stipulated hours of 9am to 3pm, including that banks’ managements ought to make sure normal cleansing and decontamination of their ATM machines and gadgets commonly used by way of the public.

Sanwo-Olu said;

Companies that choose to operate within this Controlled Easing Phase are to operate between 9am and 3pm. They are also directed to operate at a maximum of 60 per cent of their staff capacity. Some non-essential workers can continue to work online and remotely from the office. Online and work-from-home arrangements are highly encouraged to continue as much as is practicable.

The Governor stressed that;

All entertainment centres, such as event centres, cinemas, arcades, bars, casinos, day clubs, nightclubs and beaches shall remain closed till further notice. Swimming pools, gyms, barber-shops, Spas, beauty salons, and all public parks, including those in private and residential estates, will continue to remain closed for another two weeks in the instance, at which point we will review and advise on the permissible opening date for these establishments.

Sanwo-Olu said the Government’s whistleblower channels would be fully opened to report companies that would flout the new directives. He said whistleblowers would be guaranteed full protection and their identities will be kept strictly confidential.

The Governor also announced that he would inaugurate a Committee on Thursday, which will comprise representatives of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Private Transport Operators, Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), and the Lagos State Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget.

The committee, he said, will be charged with the responsibility of communicating the new State Government’s framework to their members for ease of implementation and compliance.

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