Lagos State Government has issued new guidelines for opening its economy following the gradual relaxation of lockdown by the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, which takes effect from Monday, May 4.

This was disclosed in a tweet by the Lagos State Government, on Sunday, 3rd May. The statement contains guidelines to be followed to ensure a free flow of the economy and to also curb the spread of COVID-19.

The Hon. Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr. Wale Ahmed said that all markets and stores in the various Local Governments/LCDAs across the metropolis will be allowed to open from 9 a.m till 3 p.m on selected days.

Ahmed reiterated that everyone attending these markets and stores will be mandated to observe precautionary measures such as physical distancing, 60% occupancy capacity at any point in time, and high levels of personal and respiratory hygiene.

He emphasized that food handlers must wear face masks and hand gloves in markets at all times, adding that shop owners must provide hand sanitizers and wash hands with soap and running water at all entry points and conduct temperature checks on all customers.

The Commissioner in his statement hinted that those traders of other items and wares apart from food will only be allowed to trade on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while all food and farm produce sellers will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, adding that hawking will not be allowed.


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