Lagos eases restrictions on social gatherings, event centers

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The Lagos State Government has further eased restrictions on social gatherings and event centers across the state.

This was contained in a press articulation named ‘Lagos State Government facilitates limitations on friendly and occasion focuses’, on Friday.

The statement was signed by Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile Yusuff, and the Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola.

“The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, after due discussion and thoughts with applicable partners and MDA’s including The Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and Lagos State Safety Commission has confirmed the further facilitating of social focuses across the State with prompt impact,” it added.

Meanwhile, Akinbile-Yusuff and Mojola have issued new guidelines for social/event facilities reopening.

While stating that COVID-19 protocols must be complied with, the officials said that “any violation of this protocol shall attract fines and penalties in line with the Lagos State Infectious Diseases Control Regulation 2020”.

Some of the guidelines stated that event centres must register before reopening and event duration should not exceed a maximum period of six hours.

The guidelines read in part, “All event centers must hold a valid license of The Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture prior to operating as an event center in the State.

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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 per cent of the maximum design capacity of the hall, wherein Occupancy Limit stickers provided by the Lagos State Safety Commission must be boldly pasted at the entrance of the event hall.

The maximum allowable capacity for Event Centers irrespective of the 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 six people on a table of 10 persons.

Event duration should not exceed a maximum period of six hours.

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

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