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COVID-19: Lagos state seals 33 social facilities for operating against protocols

– Thirty-three social facilities were sealed for flouting directives of the Lagos state government

– The establishments across the state were closed by the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSC)

– The commission noted that the erring facilities were operating against protocols for reopening businesses.

The Lagos State Safety Commission (LSC) has announced that it has sealed 33 social facilities such as bars, lounges, restaurants, gyms, hotels and spas for flouting the state’s directives on reopening businesses.

Recall that restaurants and eateries in the state were instructed to operate on a takeout basis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of Lagosians.

Adewumi Okoh, the spokesperson of the commission who disclosed this on Sunday, July 12, in a statement said the facilities were closed during an enforcement exercise.

Okoh said the facilities were sealed for engaging in activities against established protocols by the Lagos state government on reopening the economy.

Lanre Mojola, the director-general of the commission stated that the state government will not hesitate to deal with any facility that defies established protocol for reopening the economy.

Mojola who supervised the exercise reiterated that the state government has zero-tolerance for establishments that continue to violate regulations.

Hairdressing salons that have been accredited by LSC can now open strictly by appointment with a maximum occupancy of 40 percent of the total floor space at any given time.

Private businesses and organisations have been urged to register with the Lagos state government for the approval of the opening of business.

It was reported that the Lagos state government announced the closure of a laboratory in Ikoyi, where illegal COVID-19 tests were allegedly being carried out.

This was disclosed in a thread of tweets on Saturday, July 11, by Gboyega Akosile, the chief press secretary to Governor Babajide Sanwoolu.

He said the Lagos state ministry of health through Health Facility Monitoring And Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA), sealed a private lab located on Banana Island, Ikoyi for carrying out COVID-19 tests without the required government approval.

In other news, the Lagos state government closed 10 private schools for flouting the closure directives of the federal and state governments as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of students.

The director-general, office of education quality assurance, Lagos state, Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, who led the monitoring and investigation team of the office, disclosed this during the second and third phase of the massive monitoring of private schools compliance to the directive to curb the spread of the virus.

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