The Lagos state government is set to begin full enforcement of nosemask use in the state.
According to the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, failure to use nosemask in public place has become a major offence that comes with a penalty.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed this during the 16th briefing on the State’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response held at the State House in Marina.
He said: “At this phase in the evolution of the pandemic in our society, taking personal responsibility is now more important than ever, not only for self-protection, but also for protecting other people, including your loved ones.
“Mask usage is mandatory in public places. We are asking offices and business and commercial premises to refuse entry to any persons not wearing masks, in line with the Presidential Task Force directive on ‘No mask, No service’. Enforcement agencies will from this week charge defaulters to court, as the period of grace is now over.”
The Governor also agreed that only SS3 students and their counterparts in Technical Study Three (TEC 3)should resumed school in the state by August 3.
He said,“Students in transitional classes, who have mandatory public exams ahead of them, are now permitted to resume for revision classes and examination. All education establishments are to follow established public health guidelines and protocol for re-opening the schools for these categories of students. The commencement date for this opening will be on August 3, 2020, for SSS 3 and TEC 3 students only. Dates for JSS 3 schools’ re-opening for revision classes and examinations will be announced in due course.
“The permission to opening will apply only to Day-Schooling; boarding activities are not permitted at this time. School Authorities are expected to spend the period between now and the day of re-opening to put in place infrastructure, protocols and essential items required to comply with all hygiene, safety and physical distancing requirements.
“Our tertiary institutions are to continue their online academic activities which are at various advanced stages. For Primary Six, we are using Continuous Assessment to determine how they graduate into JSS 1. We are doing this to slow down risk factors and manage the situation in measure.”
The Governor also directed that hairdressing salons that had been accredited by the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC) could open in strict on appointment-only only and with a maximum occupancy of 50 per cent of the total floor space at any given time.
The state also granted permission to sports facilities and recreational parks in residential estates to operate but with a maximum of 20 persons at any given time.
Places of worship, events centres, and social clubs are asked to remain closed until further notice.