Facilities registered to open in Lagos hit over 2,000

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By Moses Adeniyi

The number of operational facilities which have registered to re-open for operations in Lagos has hit over 2,000, as organisations affected by the lock-down order occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic are seeking to commence operation under the Register-To-Open policy of the Lagos State Government.

The Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC), Mr. Lanre Mojola, while disclosing this to our correspondent exclusively on Monday night, stated that the Commission is fast-tracking efforts to expedite the registration of more facilities for commencement of operations.

Stating that all hitherto affected facilities are to remain shut till the registration processes are concluded, he mentioned that full enforcement to ensure compliance to the guidelines issued for operations in the facilities concerned, would commence immediately after the registration processes has been concluded.

He added that while hotels have been exempted from the list of facilities under lock and key, hotels which operate restaurants or bars within their facilities, are however required to register them.

“We are registering for now. All facilities that are not meant to be opened are still meant to be shut. We are currently registering and once we’ve concluded with the registration, we will commence enforcement.

“Our task now is to register as many as possible, and as we speak now we have registered almost 2000 (facilities).Hotels are exempted but if you have a restaurant or a bar in your facility, (hotel) then you can register. But the hotels can be on operation,” the DG said.

Lagos remains the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria, as the State Government continue to intensify efforts towards implementing measures to guide against uncontrollable spread of the virus.

The LSSC has been a major stakeholder in the implementation chain, as the Commission is saddled with the responsibility of effecting the Register-To-Open policy of the State Government in a bid to gradually restore the State’s economy back to full operation.

As at Friday last week, the DG had disclosed that the Commission which will also oversee the compliance enforcement on completion of the registration process  had registered  a thousand (1000) facilities for re-opening.

The Lagos State had instituted a “Register-To-Open” procedural guidelines requiring  businesses to seek accreditation to re-open for operation as parts of its policy of re-opening the economy, following the need to restore the economy back to full operation after a period of complete lock down.

In a press briefing past weekend, the DG disclosed that the application which is at no cost, is vitalised with simplified processes that allows applicants to complete the processes in less that five minutes through  an online portal (www.lasgsafetycorps.com), while verification will be carried out almost immediately for certification.

Reiterating the State’s recent guideline on religious gathering, the DG stated that while religious centres have been directed to open in two weeks, their worship services should be restricted to not more than once a week, while mid-week  and other programmes remain suspended.

He urged that in conducting and observing worship, religious centres should abide by the issued safety guidelines which include: physical distancing; regular disinfection; temperature check; wearing of face mask; 40 per cent capacity; a maximum of 500 persons for large centres; breaking of services into multiple sessions; and among others, ensuring that attendees are above 15 and not above 65 years of age.

The DG who encouraged that outdoor  services are preferred to indoor services, emphasized that all facilities should abide by a “no face mask no entry policy”, stating that people running a  temperature higher than 37.5 should be restricted from entering into the venue.

Other safety measures Mojola reeled out include: avoiding hand shakes; ensuring 2 metre distancing; stationary collections or electronic cash transfer for giving; effectively controlled traffic for exiting worship venue; as well as guiding against loitering around worship arenas.

The DG who encouraged that outdoor  services are preferred to indoor services, emphasized that all facilities should abide by a “no face mask no entry policy”, stating that people running a  temperature higher than 37.5 should be restricted from entering into the venue.

Other safety measures Mojola reeled out include: avoiding hand shakes; ensuring 2 metre distancing; stationary collections or electronic cash transfer for giving; effectively controlled traffic for exiting worship venue; as well as guiding against loitering around worship arenas.