Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, announced that tertiary institutions in Lagos would reopen for academic activities from September 14, 2020.
Sanwo-Olu also informed primary and secondary schools to begin the process of reopening on September 21 but noted that the decision was not cast in stone yet. This was because it could still be subjected to a review, based on an advisory from the state Ministry of Health.
The governor said that, as predicted, cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) positivity would peak in August, as the state has continued witnessing a drop in the number of positive cases over the last two weeks.
He further stated that restaurants would continue to open to in-door dining services, but at a maximum of 50 occupants, while bars, lounge, and cinemas would still not open for business.
The governor said the state government was sympathetic to business owners, especially those in the hospitality and entertainment industry. He disclosed that the government was reviewing the likely reopening of businesses in that sector and that a decision on their reopening would be taken in September.
On the return of international flights, Sanwo-Olu said the state government would be working with the aviation industry and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on the reopening of airports for international flights.
He added that he would hold meetings with the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) management as well as personally visit the Murtala Muhammed International Airport to ensure that adequate measures were put in place before international flights fully take off.
He also said the Eko TeleMed had been coordinating home-based care strategy and medical personnel had been visiting those receiving COVID-19 treatment at home.
Sanwo-Olu urged citizens not to take the easing of lockdown in the state for granted, while earlier directives for civil servants in the state still prevailed. He disclosed that the state now has 14 testing laboratories that can conduct the COVID-19 test.
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