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The Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced new measures to be implemented in the state following the federal government’s order to relax the lockdown on the state from nextweek.

Companies that choose to work within the controlled easing phase must operate from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., deploying only 60 per cent of their staff capacity, the Governor said.

Movement in and out of the state will not be allowed, he added.

He, however, said essential services like the  fire service and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) are not affected by the restrictions.

Businesses: 9am – 3pm for business and a maximum of 60 percent of staff capacity/occupancy, online remote working is still encouraged, hand sanitizer and handwashing at entry points, two-meter distancing should be observed in offices.

Companies are to make adequate arrangements for transportation of staff to work to reduce risk of transmission. People with underlying or pre-existing conditions, 65 and above should stay home.

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.

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Markets and Stores: All open markets and stores will be allowed to open from 9am to 3pm on selected days. A roster will be out before Monday to see the scheduling of the market. Social distancing and a very high level of personal hygiene must be observed.

Malls will be opened with not more than 60 percent occupancy at any given time while ensuring a two-meter distance is maintained between persons in the store. Hand sanitisers and washbasins should be provided at entry points.

Churches and Mosques: All places of worship remain closed for any form of congregational service until further notice.

Muslims taking part in the Ramadan fast must observe their meal and prayers within their homes and in line with the pronouncement by the Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs.

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.

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