Some lounges, bars, spas, and night clubs have been sealed by the Lagos State Safety Commission for breaching the government’s directives on the closure of social clubs in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.
Lanre Mojola, the Director-General of the Commission, disclosed this on Monday while giving an update on the recent exercise carried out by the agency’s Compliance and Enforcement teams.
He listed the areas affected to include Lagos Island, Surulere, and Abule-Egba and several others, while also saying that the government has zero-tolerance for violation of safety precautionary measures and would not tolerate flagrant disobedience of its directives.
The commission’s DG stated:
Mass gathering of people in social clubs, spas, bars, betting and gaming centres, negates the safety guidelines.
Our preliminary investigations revealed that some bars and night clubs are not complying with safety guidelines and closure directive issued by the state government.”
The Commission has started issuing provisional safety compliance certificates to social clubs that have registered and have had their facilities verified for re-opening, Mojola further stated.
He, however, urged other social centres that are yet to register for the “Open Initiative” policy to act in accordance with the state government’s directives.
According to him, stressing that the facilities that have already been issued certificates were still not allowed to open until stipulated guidelines and pronouncements were made by the governor.
In the meantime, Mojola stressed that the registration and verification were free and user-friendly, while he also called on business owners to support the government by complying with all safety guidelines and protocols as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus in the state.
The Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration lifted the ban on lounges, bars, spas, and night clubs but stressed that regulations laid down to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic as the Lagos remains the epicentre of the disease in Nigeria.