COVID-19: Lagos govt issues fresh directives to banks, churches, others

The Lagos State government has issued more guidelines for the operations of commercial, industrial, institutional and recreational facilities in the state.

The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, speaking at a virtual briefing on Tuesday, explained that the guidelines were aimed at ensuring that community transmission of COVID-19 is contained.

Bello noted that the directives are in accordance with the Lagos State Public Health Law 2015, as well as Lagos State Environmental Management and Protection Law 2017.

The guidelines include the decontamination of premises/facilities by using government-certified outfits and approved disinfectants/fumigants.

It also includes the provision of personal hygiene facilities, such as running water and soap for handwashing, digital thermometer, alcohol-based sanitisers and nose masks as well as adherence to operation at 60 per cent of staff to ensure physical distancing for commercial, industrial facilities.

In addition, environmental, safety and warning signages should be installed for employees and customers about necessary measures.

Organisations must also work on the reconfiguration of spaces to permit the required distance between employees and clients/customers.

Bello listed the affected facilities to include supermarkets, stores and eateries.

Other are industrial facilities: all manufacturing and packaging facilities, bulk terminals, logistics and haulage companies

Corporate and financial businesses which include banks and finance houses, Bureau de Change, insurance companies and corporate offices, construction camps and sites and commercial facilities: oil, gas, petrol and diesel depots, petrol and gas filling stations, bus parks and terminals, malls, grocery stores, supermarkets are also affected.

Bello also listed institutional facilities: all public and private schools across all tiers, government establishments, religious centres as well as residential facilities – private estates as part of the facilities affected by these guidelines whenever they are


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