BREAKING NEWS: Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Releases New Lockdown Rules For Lagosians (A Must Read)

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has on Sunday, May 3rd announced a new framework for civil servants, movement, re-opening of businesses and markets starting from on Monday, May 4th.

Speaking on the new amended guidelines as Lagos eases lockdown today, May 4, the Governor ordered all civil servants to stay at home on Monday, as he also created a timetable for different markets.

The five-week-old total lockdown imposed on the nation’s economic capital ended on Sunday night, May 3, and the new phase of gradual easing starts today, as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari.

But governor Sanwo-Olu in a statement yesterday evening asked all its civil servants not to resume work immediately, noting that the delayed resumption is a deliberate attempt to prevent overcrowding in the state. He, however, added that emergency workers and those on essential duties would be allowed to work on Monday.

According to PUNCH, Sanwo-Olu said,

“In amending the work guidelines earlier issued, which stopped members of the public service from Grade Level 1 to 12 from going to work; we have had to review this position and we are extending the directive to all civil servants, regardless of level. All civil servants must stay away from work on Monday.

“On Tuesday, only officers from Grade Level 15 and above have express permission to come to work. All other essential officers that may need to be at work will be informed by the Accounting Officer of each Ministry as may be required.”

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Speaking further, he said:

Food markets only to open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Other Non Food markets to open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Banks to open with strict observance of all rules to hygiene and social distancing, ensure that their ATM machines are well sanitised and possibly provide means of transport for their staff.

Eateries and Restaurants because of the Ramadan, will open from 9am to 7pm, only with Take-away packs and Order, no one must sit and eat.

He maintained that food handlers must wear masks and hand gloves in markets at all times, directing that shop owners must provide hand sanitisers and wash hands with soap and running water at all entry points and conduct temperature checks on all customers.

Those whose vehicles were arrested on or before 14th of April, can, from tomorrow go and start collecting their seized vehicles.

Compulsory wearing of face masks, from tomorrow, the distribution to the public begins.

Commuters transport to operate between 6am to 7pm, further guidelines will be released to the press. From Monday on, there will be a curfew from 8 pm to 6 am and all movements within these hours are prohibited, except for people on essential services, which are agro-products, petroleum products, relief materials, and food supplies.

We want to use this as a demonstration of our commitment to the gradual easing of the lockdown. We do not want people to rush out tomorrow and see the easing of the lockdown as an attempt to believe that the spread of the pandemic is all over.

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According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control on Saturday night, of the total 2388 coronavirus infections reported in the country, 1068 cases were recorded in Lagos with about 30 attendant fatalities and 247 recoveries, the highest by any state in Nigeria.

The PUNCH reports that Sanwo-Olu recently launched the #MaskUpLagos campaign to sensitise the about 20 million population of the state on the need to wear face masks while in public places, observe social distancing and practice good hygiene as part of collective efforts to curb the spread of the lethal virus.

The Governor also encouraged the elderly ones to remain at home because of their age, and he encourage the residents of Lagos State to remain calm with the assurance that very soon the evil will pass away.

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