By Benjamin Omoike
Indications emerged on Saturday that Lagos primary, secondary and tertiary institutions shut down six months ago in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak in the country, will be reopened from September 14.
The state governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, dropped the hint while giving the 17th update on management of Coronavirus pandemic in the state.
He said, ‘’Firstly, we are pleased to announce that tertiary institutions will reopen from September 14, 2020. However, as regards Primary and Secondary Schools, we are working towards reopening these institutions anytime from September 21, 2020. This decision is not cast in stone and is subject to a review of our ongoing modelling of the State’s response to the pandemic.’’
The governor said the state has adopted home care strategy to flatten the curve of the deadly virus in the state. He said, ‘’With regards to our home-based care strategy, we have dedicated covid care packs that are issued to those who have tested positive and are being managed through the Home-Based care route.
According to the governor, ‘’Restaurants are permitted to open for in-dining services, and they must ensure the maintenance of a 50 per cent maximum occupancy at any point in time. They must also have obtained a Provisional Safety Compliance Certificate through the registration portal of the Lagos State Safety Commission:www.lasgsafetyreg.com.
‘’Social Clubs and Recreational Centres that have Registered Trustees have also been permitted to open, on the condition that they have applied for and obtained a Provisional Safety Compliance Certificate through the registration portal of the Lagos State Safety Commission:www.lasgsafetyreg.com.
‘’I must put on record here that we are sympathetic to the plight of business owners, particularly in the hospitality and tourism sectors. We are still reviewing the permissible opening dates for these businesses and will advise on this during the month of September. For the avoidance of doubt, all Event Centres, Bars, Lounges, Night Clubs, Spas, Beaches, Cinemas, Gyms and Game Arcades remain closed for now.’’
He said all civil servants in the state’s unified public service system are to comply with prevailing guidelines and roster schedules issued by the Head of Service and/or their MDAs.
‘’In terms of testing, we now have in Lagos State four (4) public laboratories and ten (10) private laboratories, accredited and approved for the testing for Covid-19. Testing in any of the four public laboratories is available free of charge, for those who meet the case definition, which means those who are showing covid-like symptoms or have had close contacts with confirmed cases.
‘’Testing in the private laboratories is available at a fee, for those who wish to test either out of curiosity or to fulfil travel or work requirements.’’