COVID-19: Cheery news as Lagos Freedom Park roars back to life

by Yinka Akanbi

It has been months since the global health crisis has forced every industry, especially the entertainment and hospitality sector to a full or partial alteration of the way they conduct their activities.

One of such affected is the Freedom Park Lagos – a major haven for the arts, entertainment and fun.
For the first time in its 10-year existence, it has been shut down for about five months.

However, according to a cheery message from the operators of the Broad Street-based art venue, ‘Return To Eden’, which was made available to TCN, stakeholders have reeled out plans to reopen the park, with its ‘Stakeholders Melee’ holding this Sunday August 30.

“As the government prepares to ease the lock-down restrictions, the Wardens and Inmates have mapped out an audacious plan to revive Eden,” the partly reads.

Subject to statutory approval, the commencement guidelines are as follows:

1. To apply all NCDC and Lagos State Ministry of Health regulation and safety protocols such as the enforcement of the use of terminal scanners, personal hygiene and wearing of masks in confined areas as well as the frequent disinfection of the entire park and toilets.

2. The park will be opened to old and new members. Food vendors will operate for take out services with the highest levels of hygiene and sanitation while pedestrian traffic direction on narrow pathways will be marked out.

3. Registered artistes allowed on stage for rehearsals will do so on the 3 stages or within a safe social distance.

4. The park will also allow a 1-hour Saturday morning exercise and workout sessions with a registered coach a maximum of 50 persons at a safe social distance. Open Day Sundays for small family picnics on food courts, skeletal cells and garden will also be allowed.

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