Schools in Nigeria’s commerical capital, Lagos have been shut down to avoid a potential second wave of coronavirus.
Coronavirus cases across Africa’s most populous nation are on the rise again and authorities fear the country could experience a second wave if urgent measures were not put in place.
As a result, the Lagos State has announced a number of new measures to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
Among the measures were the closure of schools.
It would be recalled that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on December 17, 2020 confirmed 1,145 new COVID-19 across in 23 states.
The NCDC reported that Lagos was on top of the infection list with over 459 new positive cases, followed by FCT with 175, and Kaduna with 138.
The Governor of Lagos State, Sanwo Olu, announced the new measures aimed at curbing the virus in Lagos.
He said: For the avoidance of doubt, the following measures must be noted and complied with:
· All public servants from GL 14 and below, except emergency workers and first responders, are to work from home as from Monday, December 21st for the next 14 days – in the first instance.
· All schools must shut down with immediate effect, and until further notice.
· Concerts, carnivals and street parties are banned in Lagos State until further notice.
· Night Clubs have not been allowed to open yet. All Night Clubs in Lagos must immediately shut down, until further notice.
· The midnight to 4a.m curfew imposed by the Federal Government remains in place.
· The protocol of ‘No Mask No Entry’ must be enforced by all public places: Offices, Businesses, Markets, Shops, and so on.
· All Places of Worship (Churches, Mosques, etc.) must ensure that no gathering exceeds two hours, and also that no gathering exceeds 50% of t[b]he maximum capacity of the Venue.
· All Event Planners must obtain prior clearance from the Lagos State Safety Commission (www.lasgsafetyreg.com) for all events, and ensure that any planned gatherings do not exceed 300 people.
· Where the capacity of a Venue exceeds 300 and permission has been granted, the occupancy shall not be more than 50% of such a venue.
· Ample ventilation must also be maintained at all times in all Venues, and Deep cleaning of the premises must be carried out BEFORE and AFTER every event.
· A minimum of 2 meters’ distance should be maintained between seated or standing guests.
· All guests and service providers at events MUST wear nose masks/coverings before entry.
· Hand sanitizers or hand washing units are to be positioned at the entry point and various spots within the hall. Provision must be made for all guests and service providers to wash their hands before entering the venue or use hand sanitizers, as well as undergo a temperature check, which is mandatory.
· Guests and service providers with high temperature (above 37.5) are to be politely turned back and referred to paramedics or the emergency response team that must be present.
· Health, Safety and Environment Officers must be present at all public gatherings (Religious or Social) and must be trained in basic first aid procedures.
· All Events’ Staff must also be educated on recognising COVID-19 symptoms.
· The Safety Commission has been directed to visit Event Centres and gauge compliance with the established guidelines, to stop the virus from spreading. If there is evidence of lack of compliance at any Event Centre, it will be shut down immediately.
· Security agents have been mandated to ensure full enforcement, without exception. No one will be deemed to be above the law.
· Any and all breaches of these regulations and public health protocols will lead to immediate closure as well as attract heavy fines, and any other sanctions and penalties deemed fit, in line with the Lagos State Infectious Diseases Control Regulation 2020.
· Event Centre Owners/Planners/Vendors will be responsible for any breach of protocols by their Staff.