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The Governor of Lagos state Mr. Babajide sanwo-olu have hinted
conditions that will be meet before allowing places of worship to reopen which
is to be that every church and mosques must observe Physical distancing  and hygiene.

Sanwo-olu made this disclosure at a press briefing on Sunday after
the state Security Council meeting at the Lagos house in marina and that which
was monitored by urban Express News Online through channel television network
yesterday.


The Lagos state governor noted that with the size of the state
economy and numbers of businesses operating in its domain, the government could
not afford to keep people and businesses on lockdown.

He said in the coming days, official from the Lagos state safety
commission and Lagos state environmental protection agency would be assessing
the readiness of the players in identified sectors for supervised operations

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 “We are at a level where we are reviewing the
other arms of the economy. In the coming days, 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 work spaces 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 LASEPA and safety commission 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.”

Sanwo-Olu
said the government agencies would also be visiting places of worship ahead of
full reopening.

He
stressed that social distancing and hygiene would be fully considered in
determining whether mosques and churches could re-open.

“We are
reviewing and considering how the phased unlocking will happen. If we see 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 these players
are ready to conform to our guidelines,” the governor said.

Sanwo-Olu
urged businesses, religious houses and residents to maintain the status quo,
while the state worked out modalities for full re-opening.

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