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    Lagos State Has Considered The Reopening Of Worship Centers And Economy

    The Lagos government has said it plans to reopen critical sectors of its economy.


    Lagos State Government

     State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu revealed it today in a speech following a meeting of the State Security Council held at the State House in Marina.


     According to the governor, the state government would implement the initiative to open the Register within the framework of plans that would allow it to assess the level of preparation of the actors in the sectors identified for the supervised operations. The governor said officials from the Lagos State Security Commission (LSSC) and the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) would visit restaurants, businesses and religious houses to assess the level of preparation.

    With the size of the State’s economy and numbers of businesses that operate in its domain, the Governor said the Government could not afford to keep people and businesses on lockdown permanently.

    “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 centers, 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 workspaces need to look like.

    Given the size of the state's economy and the number of businesses operating in its field, the governor said that Lagos could not afford to keep people and businesses closed all the time.
    “For us, it is not to say they should re-open fully tomorrow or any time; there has to be 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 license for full opening; it is certainly not. The State’s economy is not ready for that now.” he said
    “We are reviewing and considering how the phased unlocking will happen. If we see a 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 of these players are ready to conform to our guidelines,” the Governor added,
    He called on businesses, religious houses and residents to maintain the status quo as the state works out the terms of a full reopening.

    The governor revealed that 10 government personnel who tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) had fully recovered and resumed their rhythm. He said disclosure is necessary to further promote transparency in state reporting and management of coronavirus cases.
    He ordered banks and markets to strictly enforce the order on their premises. He stressed that preference should be given to the elderly to conduct business transactions in banks and markets between 9:00 am. and 10:30 a.m., after which other young customers should be able to transact.

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