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Covid-19: Sanwo-Olu Bans Spas, Clubs Reopening In Lagos



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Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has directed no spas, bars, lounges, night clubs, cinemas, games arcades should open.

The governor also prohibited hugs, handshakes and high-fives in churches.

Sanwo-olu made the announcement, while giving his 17th update on the coronavirus situation report on the state, at Lagos House, Marina, yesterday.

He also gave the directive that Mosques and Churches should start their normal services from next week, August 7.

Earlier on June 4, Mosques and churches had been asked to resume on June 19 and June 21, respectively

The governor, however cancelled the plan after a short and brief meeting on June 16, due to increasing COVID-19 cases in the state.

In Saturday’s broadcast, Sanwo-Olu said: “Social clubs and recreational centres will also now be allowed to open from August 14, on the condition that they have applied for and obtained a Provisional Safety Compliance Certificate through the registration portal of the Lagos State Safety Commission.

Note that these Safety Clearance Certificates are at this time being issued only to social clubs with Registered Trustees.

“Clubs and centres that reopen without complying with these mandatory requirements will be shut down and dealt with according to the law.

“The closure of all spas, bars, lounges, night clubs, cinemas, games arcades remains in place. The possible reopening of these places will be further reviewed before the end of the month.”

He said the state government would be ramping up monitoring and enforcement work, to ensure that all guidelines and directives are complied with to the letter.

Regarding the schools, Sanwo-Olu directed that secondary schools should reopen, as earlier communicated by the Ministry of Education, from August 3, for exit classes only; that is, SS3 and TEC3 students only.

Furthermore, “handshakes, hugs and “high fives” are not permitted at services or gatherings, and should be emphasised by displaying appropriate signs prominently.

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