Reopening Economy: Lagos commends Stakeholders compliance

By Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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The Lagos State government has applauded the level of compliance by the stakeholders towards re-opening of the State economy after a period of lockdown.

The State Safety Commission says it has received over one thousand applications through the ‘Register to open’ online Application, www.lasgsafetyreg.com since it became active on Wednesday.

The four-page Register-to-Open guidelines requiring businesses to seek accreditation to re-open for business were the major part of the measures initiated to achieve phased re-opening of the State economy.

The Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola at a press briefing highlighted the guidelines set for Religious Centres to operate, following the partial lifting of the ban on religious worship centres.

His address comes, following the recent announcement made by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on the second phase of easing the lockdown to control the spread of the disease as regards mass gathering.

Worship centres
Mojola noted that the Religious worship centres, both Mosques and Churches can only hold their services on Fridays and Sundays, at forty per cent maximum capacity, observing Physical distancing, temperature Checks, use of masks and disinfection of premises before and after services.

“In conducting and observing worship, religious centres should abide by the issued safety guidelines which include: physical distancing; regular disinfection; temperature check; wearing of face mask; 40 per cent capacity; a maximum of 500 persons for large centres; breaking of services into multiple sessions; and ensuring that attendees are above 15 and not above 65 years of age.”

“Outdoor services are preferred to indoor services, and that all facilities should abide by a “no face mask no entry policy”, and anyone running a temperature higher than 37.5 should be restricted from entering into the venue,” he said.

The Safety Commission Boss said children below the ages of fifteen including babies and adults over the age of sixty five are not allowed to participate in such gatherings, urging parents to make arrangements for caregivers to stay with their kids while going for services.

Compliance certificate
Mojola said though event centres across the State currently remain shut, but will be allowed to hold religious services, provided they have obtained the register to open certificate, while social centres with registered Board of Trustees will be allowed to open in two weeks time.

He explained that organisations that do not have a safety compliance certificate should proceed with their registration as it does not hinder their chances of getting a provisional safety compliance certificate, stressing that the registration and certificate issuance are at no cost to such businesses.

Working closely with LASEPA, the Commission also mentioned that it has sealed some centres flouting the rules of the safety guidelines on Covid-19, handed over defaulters to the Police for prosecution and has continuously engaged residents,  including Market men and Women to strengthen the protocols against the disease.

Other safety measures according to Mojola include: guiding against loitering around worship arenas, effectively controlled traffic for exiting worship venues, ensuring 2 metres distancing; stationary collections or electronic cash transfer as well as avoiding hand shakes.

He however reassured residents of the State of the government resolve to effectively monitor compliance to the new directives.

Confidence Okwuchi