LAGOS EXTENDS OPERATION HOURS FOR MARKETS
The Lagos State Government has extended the hours of operations of both food and non-food markets.
They are now permitted to open at 8 am and close at 6 pm.
In a statement signed by the commissioner for local government and community affairs, Dr Wale Ahmed, the decision of the Governor Mr Babajide Sanwoolu is to further enhance trade and commerce and mitigate the hardship of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Dr Ahmed emphasised that the alternate days of operations still remain in force whereby food markets open on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, while non-food markets open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Gboyega Akosile, who confirmed the development, said the decision was to further enhance trade and commerce and cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic.
Ahmed urged all traders to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols for their safety and the citizenry at large.
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The commissioner had earlier issued new guidelines for the reopening of markets and shopping malls across the State during a meeting with stakeholders in Alausa, Ikeja the State capital.
According to him, the guidelines were part of efforts of the State Government to curb the spread of the virus, following Governor Sanwo-Olu’s announcement of the gradual easing of the lockdown in the State.
Dr Ahmed had said all markets and stores in the various local governments and local council development areas across the metropolis would be allowed to open from 9 am to 3 pm on selected days.
He stressed that everyone attending the markets and stores would be mandated to observe precautionary measures such as physical distancing and high levels of personal and respiratory hygiene.
The commissioner had stated that malls would also be allowed to open with the proviso that stores would maintain a 60 per cent occupancy capacity at any point in time.