"Register To Open" - Sanwo-Olu Lists Guidelines To Reopen Businesses, Religious Centers In Lagos

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"Register To Open" - Sanwo-Olu Lists Guidelines To Reopen Businesses, Religious Centers In Lagos



Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has disclosed that, the  State is considering unlocking the commercial city for businesses and other activities to reopen.

Sanwo-Olu who said that business owners and religious centres must meet conditions set by the government added that pending when those conditions are met, “the status quo will remain.”

The Governor while giving residents updates on the state of affairs with the management of COVID-19 at the Government House in Marina on Sunday made the disclosure.

He said:


“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 of these players are ready to conform to our guidelines,” the governor said



From this week, he added, work would proceed fast towards reopening of the state’s economy adding that the government would embark on what he described as “Register to open.”



“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, entertaiment, 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 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”



Meanwhile, the Governor did not give a time for unlocking the city but said it could be two, three weeks to one month time depending on the level of compliance.


Similarly, the Governor said officials from the LSSCLASEPA will be visiting restaurants, companies, religious centers to assess their level of readiness.


He said,


“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.

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