Lagos insist on ban on nightclubs, bars, cinemas despite relaxation of curfew


The commissioner warned owners of hospitality establishments to restrict their operations to 50%.

 The Lagos State Government has insisted that ban on night clubs, lounges, bars, cinemas and restaurants is still in force as they are still restricted from opening despite the relaxation of the curfew to 4 hours, that is from 12 am to 4 am by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

This clarification was made in a statement which was issued by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, on Thursday, September 3.

In the statement, the commissioner warned all owners of hospitality establishments that have been allowed to open, to restrict their operations to 50% of their occupancy rate as directed by the Lagos State Governor

In addition to observing the guidelines on physical distancing, he pointed out that they should also ensure the use of face masks, temperature checks and washing of hands with soap and running water or using of hand sanitizers.

He disclosed that event centre operators are also to ensure that participants at any event in their premises do not exceed 50% capacity of the design of their halls while stating that strict compliance with the 2-meter spacing between seats must be strictly enforced.

Going further, he revealed that the monitoring and compliance reams from the Lagos State Special Task Force will step up enforcement to ensure that entertainment and event centres do not violate COVID-19 regulations.

Omotosho also warned that non-compliance with the guidelines on COVID-19 will attract maximum sanctions in accordance with the law.

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