As part of efforts to check the spread of COVID-19 in the state, the Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has issued a directive on the suspension of commercial motorcycles (Okada) operations in all areas of the state till further notice.
Speaking at a briefing on Wednesday, Governor Sanwo-Olu, revealed the state had covered over 1.5 million households in its house-to-house active case search of the pandemic.
The governor stated:
Commercial motorcycles, popularly known as okadas, are to suspend their operations statewide, except for those motorcycles used for courier and logistics purposes.
Tricycles (kekes) operating in unrestricted areas, must not carry more than two passengers per trip and must ensure appropriate social distancing is maintained between passengers.
He also revealed that from Monday, April 4, the state government would be enforcing the dusk-to-dawn curfew announced recently by the President Muhammadu Buhari.
Governor Sanwo-Olu also directed commercial motorists to adopt safety measures by using face masks, and not to convey more than 60 per cent of their full capacity.
There will be a dusk-to-dawn curfew from 8 pm to 6 am daily. This means that we expect all Lagos residents to stay in their homes in these hours, except those in essential services.
All commuters are mandated to wear face masks at all times, sanitise with alcohol-based sanitizer or wash their hands with soap under running water before and after every trip.
Meanwhile, the governor urged banks to open all their branches to customers who are in dire need of their services.
Companies that choose to operate within this controlled easing phase are to operate between 9 am and 3 pm. They are also directed to operate at a maximum of 60 per cent of their staff capacity.
All entertainment centres, such as cinemas, arcades, bars, casinos, day clubs, nightclubs and beaches shall remain closed till further notice.
The governor further stated that the government’s whistleblower channels would be opened to report establishments that would defy the new directives.
Speaking on the 1.5 million households covered in its house-to-house active case search, Sanwo-Olu stated:
So far, we have covered over 1.5 million households; and we are also continuing to scaleup our isolation and treatment capacity. The isolation centre at Gbagada opens tomorrow (Thursday), and we are currently working on building three additional isolation centres in the state.