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Schools closed, funerals allowed; Lagos govt issues guidelines for lockdown ease



The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Wednesday ordered the reopening of markets and restaurants on selected days in the state.

The governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akoshile, who disclosed this on his Twitter handle, said Sanwo-Olu gave the directive at a press briefing at the Government House in Marina.

He, however, ordered that schools should remain closed.

Akoshile tweeted: “Eateries and restaurants to open between 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. and are to do only takeout. No eat in. Also, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. only! Take note! Must wear gloves and masks. Markets to open from 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m. on selected days.”

He also instructed that entertainment centres within private estates be closed for two weeks starting from May 4.

“All entertainment centres including gyms, spa, recreational facilities inside private estates are to remain closed for two weeks post lockdown in Lagos. This would be reviewed after two weeks,” the governor added.

He also said tricycle operators must only take two passengers in areas where they are allowed to operate.

“Commercial motorcycle operation (Okada) is also suspended across the state during the period of lockdown while tricycles (Keke NAPEP) are limited to two passengers only.

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“All commuters are to wear masks and gloves. Hand washing equipment and thermometers must be provided. Buses to load 60 percent of capacity. No standing.”

“Funerals are permitted. Only 20 people are permitted and that includes the officiating ministers and Imams. No party to follow it,” Sanwo-Olu concluded.

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