Lagos orders civil servants to stay at home, banks to reopen
Manufacturing, construction firms to operate from 9am to 6pm
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu yesterday said in spite of easing the lockdown today, civil servants should continue to stay at home, while those on level 15 and above should resume as from Tuesday, May 5 (tomorrow).
He said manufacturing and construction companies would be allowed to operate between 9am and 6am, but they should get waiver permission from the state government.
Sanwo-Olu, who spoke at a media briefing to provide an update on government’s efforts to contain COVID-19, said affected civil servants on levels 15 and above resident in Ogun State should obey Governor Dapo Abiodun’s directives till May 9, 2020.
He added markets in which food items are sold should open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays while other markets that do not sell food items are to open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
The governor said banks would be allowed to open with strict observance of all rules on hygiene and social distancing, just as they should ensure that their Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are sanitised and provide means of transport for their staff members.
He pointed out eateries and restaurants would be allowed to operate between 9am and 7pm, due to the ongoing Ramadan fasting, but they would only provide take-away packs and orders with eat-in services.
Sanwo-Olu also said commercial transportation would operate from 6am to 7pm but must convey only 60 per cent carrying capacity, while employees of local government and local council development area offices should remain at home, unless otherwise by their chairmen.
Among other directives, he stated, “We encourage banks and other financial institutions to open and offer full complement of services to members of the public, but they must ensure that they comply with all directives on maximum office capacity and physical distancing.”
“Manufacturing and construction companies will be allowed to operate between 9am and 6pm, while any company that has to operate outside these hours should obtain waiver from the state government.
“The issuance of waivers will be conditional upon a firm commitment from the applying Company that it will make adequate and complete arrangements for transportation of their staff members.
“All places of worship are to remain closed to congregational services, until further notice. This prohibition applies also to religious gatherings that may be conducted in homes, such as communal Tarawih prayers, or house fellowships.
“All schools from primary, secondary and tertiary levels, remain closed, while proprietors of private schools, parents and guardians are encouraged to dialogue regarding on delivery of education through various online and digital channels, and very importantly, the cost implications.”
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