COVID-19: Lagos Seals 33 Bars, Restaurants, Others

July 13, 2020
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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Not less than 33 social facilities in Lagos have been shut down by officials of the state government for failing to adhere strictly to directives of the government.

Director-General of the Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr Lanre Mojola, stressed that erring or non-compliant facilities who contravene the established protocols of reopening of business during the ongoing COVID-19 period will face the full wrath of the Law.

He said facilities sealed by officials of the agency included bars, lounges, restaurants, gyms and spas. He said they engaged in activities and operations contrary to the government’s COVID-19 reopening guidelines.

Speaking during an enforcement exercise, Mr Mojola reaffirmed the state’s zero-tolerance for establishments that continue to violate laws and regulations, noting, however, that hairdressing salons that have been accredited by Lagos State Safety Commission can now open strictly by appointment with a maximum occupancy of 40 per cent of the total floor space at any given time.

The Director-General implored business owners in the entertainment and tourism sector who are yet to comply with the directive to promptly do so by registering on in order to receive their provisional safety compliance letters in preparation for the full reopening.

Mr Mojola also declared that organisations that have collected their provisional compliance letters, especially in sectors that are still not allowed to open, should remain closed until Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s announcement for reopening of such businesses.

According to him, the commission will continue its enforcement exercise by identifying businesses that have not registered across the state, especially bars, gyms, spars, social and religious centres.

Modupe Gbadeyanka

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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