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COVID-19: Lagos Eases Restrictions on Clubs, Hotels, Others

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Lagos State Government has eased restrictions placed on activities within the events and hospitality sector, meaning clubs, event centres, hotels among others can now operate with the backing of the government.

Prior to this, Business Post understands that clubs in the metropolis have been operating with event centres hosting weddings and other ceremonies, albeit with restrictions.

The new directive was disclosed by the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in a statement via his official Twitter account on Saturday, April 10.

According to Mr Sanwo-Olu, the decision is being carried out to boost economic activities within the events and hospitality sector.

He said, “I have given approval for further ease of restrictions.”

He, however, noted that size must be kept at half capacity in line with coronavirus safety precautions, adding that the acceptable time frame for every event will be pegged at six hours.

“Social functions can now go on in Lagos subject to strict adherence to all COVID 19 safety protocols as directed by LSSC.

“Event centres must not exceed 50 per cent of their total capacity and not exceed 500 people irrespective of their occupancy limit,” he added.

Speaking further, he stated that, “They must also ensure deep cleaning before and after every event whilst maintaining physical distancing with 6 guests on a table meant for 10 people.

“The maximum duration for any event must not exceed six hours and the compulsory use of face mask is still in force.”

Mr Sanwo-Olu noted that the state won’t be relaxing towards its fight against the pandemic which is most prevalent in the Nigerian commercial capital.

“We will continue to balance public safety with economic interest as we work together to overcome the pandemic and ensure a COVID-19 free Lagos,” he said.

There had been series of calls by residents to the state government to lift the restrictions as they believed that it was no longer effective. Many also claimed it had emboldened security operatives to extort money from innocent Nigerians.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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