Sanwo-olu unveils new measures to ease lockdown, suspends Okada operations

As the Federal Government imposed lockdown on Lagos State, Ogun State and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), is due to be lifted by May 4, Lagos State Government has outlined a strict framework for movement and re-opening of businesses.

During his 9th media briefing on COVID-19, Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu said these measures aim to safeguard the gains which the State had made in the past four weeks in the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

He said: “Following the culmination of the second phase of the lockdown on Lagos, Ogun and the FCT, and the nationwide address by President Muhammadu Buhari, it has become imperative for me to address our residents and to share a broader framework for the implementation of the President’s directives here in Lagos.

“All commuters are mandated to wear face masks at all times, sanitise with alcohol-based sanitizer or wash their hands with soap and running water before and after of every trip. All motor parks and garages must avoid overcrowding. Social distancing is required for passengers queuing up to board buses.

“All buses should be loaded to a maximum of 60 per cent of full capacity. No standing allowed in all BRT and LBSL bus operations. All air- conditioning systems in public transport systems must be switched off.

“Commercial Motorcycles, popularly known as Okadas, are to suspend their operations statewide, except for those motorcycles used for courier and logistics purposes. Tricycles (Kekes) operating in unrestricted areas, must not carry more than two passengers per trip and must ensure appropriate social distancing is maintained between passengers.”

the Governor announced that all public and private schools from primary level to tertiary education must remain closed, Sanwo-Olu directed.

He said online classes and lessons that had already been started must continue until further notice.

“It is a gradual and controlled easing of the lockdown. We will continue to monitor the public health situation; the economic impact of the lockdown and always adjust our responses accordingly,” the Governor said.

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