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Night clubs, cinemas, event centers others remain close in Lagos

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In spite of the gradual easing of activities around the country after the lifting of the lockdown imposed in March due to the outbreak of coronavirus, Lagos State on Saturday said all event centers, bars, lounges, night clubs, spas, beaches, cinemas, gyms, and game arcades are to remain shut till further notice.

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Governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who stated this at a briefing said, however, that social clubs and recreational centers that have registered trustees have been permitted to reopen.
Sanwo-Olu said his Government remained sympathetic to the plight of business owners, especially those operating in the hospitality and tourism sectors.
He said the State Government was still reviewing the permissible opening dates for businesses tourism and hospitality industry, pointing out that there would be concrete decisions on easing the lockdown on tourism businesses before the end of September.

The governor said the State Government was still reviewing the permissible opening dates for businesses tourism and hospitality industry, pointing out that there would be concrete decisions on easing the lockdown on tourism businesses before the end of September.
“Also, social clubs and recreational centers 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.

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“Restaurants are now permitted to open for in-dining services, but they must ensure the maintenance of a 50 percent maximum occupancy at any point in time. They must also have obtained a provisional Safety Compliance Certificate,” the governor said.
Sanwo-Olu said his Government remained sympathetic to the plight of business owners, especially those operating in hospitality and tourism sectors.
“As a Government, we will continue to keep our citizens informed and updated on the decisions that we are taking in response to the pandemic. We will also continue to ask for your understanding and cooperation. These are challenging times for all of us, and it requires extra levels of patience, sacrifice and understanding.”

Sanwo-Olu said the observed decline in the number of positive cases did not mean the pandemic was over. He urged residents to continue to adhere to the safety guidelines outlined by the health authorities.
“The fact that we have been seeing a gradual easing of the lockdown does not mean that we are now returning to our old way of doing things. The easing you are seeing is the outcome of a careful and deliberate attempt to ensure that livelihoods are not crippled by the overwhelmingly disruptive impact of the virus. It is certainly not an invitation to carelessness or nonchalance,” the Governor said.

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