Lagos okays in-dinning for restaurants, opens recreational centres

By Ayomide Oye, LAGOS

Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced that social clubs and recreational centres will be allowed to open effective from August 14, 2020.

In the same vein, he directed restaurants to commence in-dinning services from same date.

The governor made the announcement during COVID-19 briefing at the State House, Marina, on Saturday.

He however, directed restaurants that have been rendering takeaway services for sometime now should maintain only 50% occupancy capacity.

His words, “Social clubs and recreational centers will also be allowed to open from August 14, on the condition that they have applied for and obtained a Provisional safety compliance certificate via registration on LSSC website.

“The clearance certificates are at this time being issued only to social clubs with registered trustees.

“Restaurants will now be permitted to open for in-dining services, from August 14, on the condition that they maintain a 50 per cent occupancy capacity.

“The restaurants must obtained a provisional safety compliance certificate through the LSSC registration portal. We are also increasing the permissible capacity for public gatherings from 20 to 50 persons. This applies to a wide range of events, from funerals, social events to corporate meetings.”

“All the mandatory prevention and control measures issued by the State Government must be strictly adhered to, including physical distancing, mandatory temperature checks and use of masks in public places, regular disinfection of premises, and strong personal hygiene.”

On the decision to shut some isolation centres, Sanwo-Olu said: “We have run through a model that shows that we have built excess isolation capacity over the last five months. We have to come to a stage where we need to balance the economics of risk, as to which isolation facility should we need to keep running. Some of the isolation centres are having less than 20 per cent of their occupancy capacities. This is why we concluded to shut Eti-Osa facility and another one in Lekki.”

In the coming days, the Governor said the opening hours for food and non-food markets may be extended to 5pm on their opening days.

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