Sanwo-Olu lifts restrictions on clubs, social, event centres in Lagos

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The Lagos State government has lifted the restrictions it placed on clubs, social and event centres though they are now to operate for six hours at 50 per cent capacity or 500 guests ceiling.

The lifting and easing of the restrictions were disclosed, yesterday, by the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuff and the Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Lanre Mojola.

It would be recalled that as a result of Covid-19, clubs were banned from operating while event centres could only host just 50 guests.

Mojola stated that Governor  Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, after due consultation and deliberations with relevant stakeholders and MDA’s including the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and Lagos State Safety Commission has approved the further easing of social centres across the state with immediate effect.

Riding on the Order of the governor, Akinbile-Yusuff and Mojola stipulated that occupancy limit at any event must not exceed 50 per cent of the maximum design capacity of the hall, with occupancy limit stickers provided by the Lagos State Safety Commission boldly pasted at the entrance of the event hall.

They also said the maximum allowable capacity for event centres irrespective of occupancy limit is 500 people, with physical distancing maintained between seated guests and maximum number of seated guests should be six people on a table of ten.  Akinbile-Yusuff and Mojola said the event duration should not exceed six-hours, with all guests and service providers at the facility wearing a nose mask and must make use of hand sanitizers

“All guests and service providers must endeavor to wash their hands before entering the venue or in the alternative use hand sanitizers. Temperature checks must be taken at all entry points into a facility.

“Guests and service providers with temperature (above 37.5) are to be politely turned back and referred to paramedics or the emergency response team on ground.

Hand sanitizers must be positioned at the entry points and different spots within the hall.

“All event centres must endeavour to display standard Covid-19 safety signs. The signs must be bold and installed at conspicuous locations.

“Event center owners/ planners/vendors would be responsible for any breach of protocols by their staff. Any violation of this protocol shall attract fines and penalties in line with the Lagos State Infectious Diseases Control Regulation 2020

‘All event centres must hold a valid license of the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture prior to operating as an event centre in the state.

They also stated that all event centres must be duly registered and verified on the Lagos State Safety Commission website prior to holding any event.

“An Event Safety Clearance must be obtained from the Lagos State Safety Commission through the website for any proposed event or exhibition. Safety Marshals shall be deployed by an accredited event safety consultant from Lagos State Safety Commission for every social event with attendance exceeding over 200 people.”