Lagos state lockdown update!!
The Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced the possible reopening of the critical sectors of economy in the state for FULL business operations. Although the plan is still being strategized, there is a high tendency of its implementation.
The governor stated that this proposed second phase of lockdown will run on the condition that businesses first register before they reopen. This, he called the register-to-open initiative.
Lagos State Lockdown Update; The Register-to-reopen Initiative
This initiative came about as a result of the concerns of the government for its people. Sanwoolu stated that sooner or later, people will have to go about their businesses as the state cannot afford to keep its economy and its people on standstill for much longer.
With the register-to-open initiative, officials of the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC) and Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) have been instructed to start visiting restaurants, companies, religious houses, event centres, entertainment, malls, cinemas and other bodies, to assess their space management strategies, and general level of readiness for reopening.
The governor Sanwoolu stated that:
“We are at a level where we are reviewing the other arms of the economy,
“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 work spaces need to look like.
“For us, it is not to say they should re-open fully tomorrow or any time; there has 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.”