BY LEVI JOHNSON
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has listed the conditions Churches, mosques, business owners, events and entertainment centres, etc must meet before reopening.
1. Register-to-Open must be filled
2. Inspection of business facilities
3. Visitation to religious centres to determine compliance
4. Hospitality, Events, Entertainment, Malls to re-register
5. LASEPA and LSSC to communicate with all businesses
According to Sanwo-Olu until the aforementioned conditions are met, “the status quo will remain.”
Sanwo-Olu stated this at the Government House in Marina during an update on the state of affairs with the management of COVID-19.
“We are reviewing and considering how the phased unlocking will happen.
”If we see a huge level of compliance, then it can happen in the next two to three weeks.
”If not, it could take a month or two months. It is until we are sure all of these players are ready to conform to our guidelines,” Sanwo-Olu said
He said: ”From this week, work will proceed fast towards reopening of the state’s economy. The government would embark on Register to Open.
“We will be starting what we call Register-to-Open, which means all players in the restaurant business, event centres, entertainment, malls and cinemas will go through a form of re-registration and space management.
“There is a regulation that will be introduced to supervise this move. We will be coming to their facilities to assess their level of readiness for a future opening.
”I don’t know when that opening will happen in the weeks ahead, but we want these businesses to begin to tune themselves to the reality of COVID-19 with respect to how their workspaces need to look like.
“For us, it is not to say they should re-open fully tomorrow or any time; there has been a process guiding the re-opening.
”We will be mandating Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC) and Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) to begin the enumeration process and the agencies will be communicating with all relevant businesses and houses in the days ahead.
”I must, however, caution that this should not be misinterpreted as a licence for full opening; it is certainly not. The State’s economy is not ready for that now.
“Similarly, places of worship we would be going and working with them as much as possible to see their level of preparedness ensuring that we keep as much space, in the event that we will be unlocking them in future”
He said the government will visit religious houses to determine their level of preparedness and compliance with social distancing regulation and use of facemask and other precautionary measures as the lockdown is being gradually phased out.
Sanwo-Olu said officials from the LSSCLASEPA will be visiting restaurants, companies, religious houses to assess their level of readiness.