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Sanwo-Olu mandates reopening of markets to cushion COVID-19 lockdown effect

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has directed the reopening of markets on selected days in the state.

Sanwo-Olu made this declaration during a televised press conference on Wednesday, April 29.

The Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, in a series of tweets, said the governor also ordered that schools should remain closed.

He tweeted, “Eateries and restaurants to open between 9 am -3 pm and are to do only takeout. No eat in. Also, 9 am – 3 pm only! Take note! Must wear gloves and masks. Markets to open from 9 am to 3 pm on selected days.”

He also instructed that entertainment centres within private estates be closed for two weeks starting from May 4.

“All entertainment centres including gyms, spa, recreational facilities inside private estates are to remain closed for two weeks post lockdown in Lagos. This would be reviewed after two weeks,” he added.

Sanwo-Olu also said tricycle operators must only take two passengers in areas where they are allowed to operate.

“Commercial motorcycle operation (Okada) is also suspended across the state during the period of lockdown while tricycles (Keke Napep) is limited to two passengers only.

“All commuters to wear masks and gloves. Handwashing equipment and thermometers must be provided. Buses to load 60 per cent capacity. No standing.”

He also said only 20 people are allowed to attend a funeral.

“Funerals are permitted. Only 20 people permitted and that includes the officiating ministers and Imams. No party to follow it,” the governor added.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government (FG) on Wednesday, April 29; explained there is no preset date for schools in the country to resume.

This is despite the announcement by President Muhammadu Buhari, on a gradual lockdown relaxation on the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States.

The FG further explained the West African Examinations Council has not cancelled its external exams; as students will still have to go and take those exams when the government is sure to have taken good care of the pupils.

Emeka Nwajiuba, the Minister of State for Education, made this disclosure; while replying to a question during the daily briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 pandemic.

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