Lagos working on lifting lockdown – Sanwo-Olu

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, said his government is mulling over reopening the economy fully amid the coronavirus.

Lagos has been on lockdown since March 30 when President Muhammadu Buhari imposed curfew on the state, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, as part of a raft of measures to contain covid-19 spread.

Speaking on Sunday, Sanwo-Olu said the government was looking at ways to bring back the old order in terms of businesses and worship centres coming on stream while social distancing and personal and environmental hygiene are strictly adhered to in their operations.

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According to him: “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, entertainment, 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 workspaces need to look like. “For us, it is not to say they should re-open fully tomorrow (Monday) or any time; there has to be a process guiding the re-opening.

“We will be mandating LASEPA and safety commission 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.”

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