Sequel to the decision of the Federal Government to ease the lockdown and reopen the country’s economy, the Lagos State Government has swung into action in an effort to minimize challenges that are being faced by Lagosians.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who announced that more persons who were Coronavirus positive have been discharged said the Lagos State Government has come up with policy guidelines designed to encourage the gradual easing of the lockdown.
“Today, we discharged 49 patients from our isolation facilities after they tested negative twice to #COVID19, bringing the total number of discharged patients in Lagos to 143.”
The governor also announced that as part of efforts to reopen Lagos, businesses including corporate concerns and markets, would be allowed to open within the hours of 9.00am to 3pm.
But he said that workers between levels 01 and 12 as well as students would remain at home.
“Public Service workers from Grades 1-12 will continue to work from home while Grades 13 and above will be on a flexible roster managed by the Head of Service.
” Primary, secondary and tertiary institutions will remain closed. Students are expected to continue learning on alternative media and online channels.
“Corporate firms, banks, malls and local markets are allowed to reopen within the hours of 9am to 3pm under an enforced framework called “Controlled Easing Phase” and to operate at a capacity of 60% of their staff on the premises and 40% working from home”, Sanwo-Olu stressed.
He however explained that eateries and other such ventures would be allowed to open within the period to provide ‘take away’ services, warning that indoor dining services would not be allowed.
The Governor urged transporters to maintain high level of hygiene, reduce the number of passengers in their vehicles and abide by the social distancing philosophy of the administration.
“Transportation is a critical part of our plan in #EasingTheLockdown and to reduce the risk of contagion, all commuters must wear masks, wash hands with soap, water and sanitise with alcohol based sanitiser. Vehicles, parks and garages must be sanitised regularly and continuously”, the governor directed.
On banking operations, Sanwo-Olu declared, “We understand the role banks and financial institutions play in the economy, so we encourage them to reopen their branches observing the work hours of 9am to 3pm while also strictly observing social distancing, regular cleaning and sterilisation of the ATMs.”