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Lagos Gov eases restrictions on social and event centres

The Lagos State Government has further eased restrictions on social and event centres across the State.

Announcing the new guidelines in a statement, the Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr Lanre Mojola explained 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 approved the further easing of social centres across the State with immediate effect.

The new guidelines stipulates that:

All event centres must hold a valid license of The Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture prior to operating in the State.

All event centres must be duly registered and verified on The Lagos State Safety Commission website www.lasgsafetyreg.com prior to holding an event

An Event Safety Clearance must be obtained from the Lagos State Safety Commission through the website www.lasgsafetyreg.com 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.

Occupancy limit at any event must not exceed 50% of the maximum design capacity of the hall, wherein Occupancy Limit stickers provided by the Lagos State Safety Commission must be boldly posted at the entrance of the event hall.

Maximum allowable capacity for Event Centres irrespective of occupancy limit is 500 people.

Deep cleaning must be carried out before and after every event.

Physical distancing shall be maintained between seated guests and a maximum number of seated guests should be 6 (six) people on a table of 10 (ten)persons.

Event duration should not exceed a maximum period of 6-hours.

All guests and service providers at the facility must wear a nose mask and 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 temperatures (above 37.5) are to be politely turned back and referred to paramedics or the emergency response team on the ground.

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

All event Centres must endeavor to display standard COVID-19 safety signs and the signs must be bold and installed at conspicuous locations.

Event centre owners/ planners/vendors would be responsible for any breach of protocols by their staff.

Violation of any of the protocols shall attract fines and penalties in line with the Lagos State Infectious Diseases Control Regulation 2020.

*Night clubs are however not included as the midnight to 4am curfew imposed by the Federal Government is still in force.

Omolara Omosanya

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