COVID-19: Lagos orders reopening of cinema, spas, other recreational centers

With the recent records of COVID-19 cases in the country which appears as if Nigeria is winning the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-olu, has ordered the reopening of cinemas as well as other recreational centres in the state.

Sanwo-olu made this announcement during a press briefing on Saturday.

You’ll recall that cinemas, like other recreational centers, religious worships and schools were closed in March as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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However, some public places, business activities, religious gatherings, airports and others have been opened, yet, cinemas and other recreational centres were not authorized to resume business activities.

Speaking further on the government’s decision, the Chief Press Secretary of the governor, Gboyega Akosile, clarified that cinemas and their counterparts must obtain a compulsory clearance from the state.

The clearance which is issued by the state’s safety commission will serve as the operational permit for the recreation centers and cinemas.

He also said cinemas are to observe COVID-19 protocol including social distancing and as such should keep to 33 per cent occupancy of their maximum capacities.

“Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announces resumption of cinemas, spas and gyms in the state. Cinemas must, however, keep strictly to 33% of their capacities. They must get the necessary certification from the Lagos State Safety Commission,” the governor’s aide tweeted.

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