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COVID-19: Sanwo-Olu Suspends Okada Operations, Announces New Measures To Ease Lockdown

Forward of the Might 4th expiration of the lockdown imposed by the Federal Authorities on Lagos State, Ogun State and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Lagos State Authorities has launched a strict framework for motion and re-opening of companies.

The set of latest pointers, in keeping with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in his ninth briefing on the State Home in Marina on Wednesday, are to safeguard the beneficial properties which the State had made previously 4 weeks within the combat in opposition to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

From subsequent Monday, Sanwo-Olu mentioned the State Authorities will likely be implementing the dusk-to-dawn curfew introduced by President Muhammadu Buhari final Monday as a part of the phased measures to scale back danger of contagion of the COVID-19 illness among the many residents and to consolidate on the response technique deployed to fight the pandemic.

The Governor’s new framework made elementary modifications to public transportation system and enterprise dealings at company workplaces, native markets and malls.

All passenger buses usually are not permitted to load to full capability, Sanwo-Olu ordered within the new pointers. All business automobiles, the Governor mentioned, should carry most of 60 per cent of full capability and their drivers should use face masks and observe different prescribed hygiene ideas.

The Governor additionally suspended the operation of economic bikes, popularly often called Okada, throughout the state, except for these used for courier and logistics functions.

Sanwo-Olu directed the drivers of tricycles (Keke NAPEP) working in unrestricted areas to not carry greater than two passengers per journey, including that the passengers should hold acceptable distance.

Apart from, meals handlers at public eateries and eating places have been mandated by the State Authorities to put on masks and hand gloves always, particularly in the course of the preparation and serving of meals.

Solely take-out meals and supply companies will likely be permitted at eateries and eating places, Sanwo-Olu ordered, warning that in-dining companies won’t be allowed in the meanwhile.

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The Governor mentioned all companies that can re-open subsequent week should function between the hours of 9:00 am to three:00 pm. The brand new directive on enterprise working hours impacts all company companies, banks, malls and native markets.

He mentioned: “Following the end result of the second part of the lockdown on Lagos, Ogun and the FCT, and the nationwide handle by President Muhammadu Buhari, it has turn out to be crucial for me to deal with our residents and to share a broader framework for the implementation of the President’s directives right here in Lagos.

“There will likely be a dusk-to-dawn curfew from eight:00 pm to six:00 am every day. Which means we anticipate all Lagos residents to remain of their properties in these hours, besides these in important companies.

“All commuters are mandated to put on face masks always, sanitise with alcohol-based sanitizer or wash their fingers with cleaning soap and working water earlier than and after of each journey. All motor parks and garages should keep away from overcrowding. Social distancing is required for passengers queuing as much as board buses.

“All buses needs to be loaded to a most of 60 per cent of full capability. No standing allowed in all BRT and LBSL bus operations. All air- conditioning programs in public transport programs should be switched off.

“Industrial Bikes, popularly often called Okadas, are to droop their operations statewide, aside from these bikes used for courier and logistics functions. Tricycles (Kekes) working in unrestricted areas, should not carry greater than two passengers per journey and should guarantee acceptable social distancing is maintained between passengers.”

As well as, the Governor introduced the restriction of working hours of water transportation corporations to the interval between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm every day.

He mentioned underneath no circumstance ought to automobiles carrying meals gadgets have greater than seven passengers.

All private and non-private faculties from main degree to tertiary training should stay closed, Sanwo-Olu directed. He mentioned on-line lessons and classes that had already been began should proceed till additional discover.

The Governor added that companies will likely be allowed to function inside “Controlled Easing Phase” framework, clarifying that the expiration of the lockdown was not a directive for the complete reopening of the financial system.

“It is a gradual and controlled easing of the lockdown. We will continue to monitor the public health situation; the economic impact of the lockdown and always adjust our responses accordingly,” the Governor mentioned.

The Governor acknowledged the position of banking sector in sustaining the financial system, urging banks to open all their branches and provide full complement of their companies to the general public. He, nonetheless, mentioned banking operations should fall throughout the stipulated hours of 9:00 am to three:00 pm, including that banks’ managements should guarantee common cleansing and decontamination of their ATM machines and gadgets commonly utilized by the general public.

He mentioned: “Firms that select to function inside this Managed Easing Section are to function between 9:00 am and three:00 pm. They’re additionally directed to function at a most of 60 per cent of their workers capability. Some non-essential staff can proceed to work on-line and remotely from the workplace. On-line and work-from-home preparations are extremely inspired to proceed as a lot as is practicable.

“All leisure centres, reminiscent of occasion centres, cinemas, arcades, bars, casinos, day golf equipment, nightclubs and seashores shall stay closed until additional discover. Swimming swimming pools, gyms, barber-shops, Spas, magnificence salons, and all public parks, together with these in non-public and residential estates, will proceed to stay closed for an additional two weeks within the occasion, at which level we are going to evaluate and advise on the permissible opening date for these institutions.”

Sanwo-Olu mentioned the Authorities’s whistleblower channels can be totally opened to report corporations that will flout the brand new directives. He mentioned whistleblowers can be assured full safety and their identities will likely be saved strictly confidential.

The Governor additionally introduced that he would inaugurate a Committee on Thursday, which can comprise representatives of the Nationwide Union of Street Transport Employees (NURTW), Street Transport Employers Affiliation of Nigeria (RTEAN), Non-public Transport Operators, Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Affiliation (NECA), Producers Affiliation of Nigeria (MAN), and the Lagos State Ministry of Commerce and Trade, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Financial Planning and Finances.

The committee, he mentioned, will likely be charged with the accountability of speaking the brand new State Authorities’s framework to their members for ease of implementation and compliance.

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