Lagos Vows To Step-up Enforcement Of Ban On Nightclubs, Bars, Cinemas

by Olamilekan Okeowo

Lagos State Government has reiterated its resolve to ensure that entertainment and event centers like bars, nightclubs, and cinemas do not violate COVID-19 regulations.

This follows the insistence of the State Government that the ban on night clubs, lounges, bars, cinemas, and restaurants in the state is still in force as they are still restricted from opening despite the relaxation of the curfew to four hours; from 12 am to 4 am by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

This clarification was made in a statement issued by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho over the weekend.

“The monitoring and compliance teams from the Lagos State Special Task Force will step-up enforcement to ensure that entertainment and event centers do not violate COVID-19 regulations. Non-compliance with the guidelines on COVID-19 will attract maximum sanctions in accordance with the law” the statement reads.

Recall that the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 had recently relaxed the curfew in the country from 12 am to 4 am, however, Lagos State Government has insisted that the ban is still in force as the entertainment centers are still restricted from opening.

The statement further urged all owners of hospitality establishment to restrict their operations by 50 percent.

“All owners of hospitality establishments are warned to restrict their operations to 50% of their occupancy rate as directed by Mr. Governor, in addition to observing the guidelines on physical distancing, use of face masks, temperature checks and washing of hands with soap and running water or using of hand sanitizers.

Events center operators are also to ensure that participants at any event in their premises do not exceed 50% capacity of the design of their halls while strict compliance with the two-meter spacing between seats must be strictly enforced” the statement said.

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