Lagos Releases Additional Guidelines Ahead of A Fully Reopened Economy

Ahead planned full resumption of activities across sectors of the Lagos economy, the government has reeled out what is expected to be strictly observed by corporate bodies and business outfits, which would subsist in the state until COVID-19 completely blows over.

The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had on Sunday while giving updates as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic, said government was considering full reopening of the economy, but with a caveat that the Lagos State Safety Commission and Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) would be visiting offices and business premises to assess the level of their readiness to resume operations.
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The government began phased and gradual reopening of the economy two weeks ago. However, some critical sectors including tourism and hospitality, sporting, event centres, cinemas, entertainment, religious gatherings are still on lockdown.

A white paper developed by the safety commission and cited by BusinessDay on Tuesday, said ahead of the planed full reopening, corporate offices and business organisations should ensure all staff with underlying medical conditions such as heart or lung diseases or diabetes do not resume at work.

“These categories of staff seem to be at a higher risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19 illness,” the white paper said.

According to the government, business organisations are also expected to set up hotlines for employees to report concerns or violation of any of the COVID-19 protocols. In addition, organisations must encourage staggered breaks as well as limit the capacities of their elevators to two persons (for small elevator) and four persons (for large elevator).

The safety commission further insisted that staff must be made to work side by side rather than face-to-face. And for the manufacturing sector particularly, management must assigned staff to same shift teams to reduce social interaction.

“No gathering during lunch or break times which must be staggered,” the government said.

It further noted that companies should increase the use of conveyor belts for material distribution and deliveries on factory floors.

The government also encouraged retail outlets and shopping malls to install plexiglass panels at regular points of contact to further reduce the risk infection for all parties.

“Regular cleaning of panels and frequently touched surfaces like door handles, teals must be carried out.”

It said as much as possible, businesses premises should encourage contactless payment system and keep doors open where possible to minimise contact while markings inside the banking halls should be carried to facilitate social distancing.

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