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New COVID-19 guidelines for event centers in Lagos Nigeria

By Prisca Sam-Duru

After due consultation and deliberations with relevant stakeholders and Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, including the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and Lagos State Safety Commission, the Lagos State Government on Friday, April 9, 2021 announced further easing of restrictions on social and event centers across the state, with immediate effect.

Making the announcement, Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile Yusuff and the Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola, disclosed that the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, gave the approval while listing the new guidelines for social/event facilities to operate.

According to the new guidelines, all event centers must hold a valid license of The Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture prior to operating as an event center in the State. Other guidelines include:

  • All event centers must be duly registered and verified on The Lagos State Safety Commission website (www.lasgsafetyreg.com) before holding any event.
  • An Event Safety Clearance must be obtained from the state safety commission through the website (www.lasgsafetyreg.com) for any proposed event or exhibition.
  • Safety Marshals shall be deployed by an accredited event safety consultant from Lagos State Safety Commission for every social event with attendance exceeding 200 people.
  • Occupancy limit at any event must not exceed 50 per cent of the maximum design capacity of the hall, wherein occupancy limit stickers provided by the state safety commission must be boldly posted at the entrance of the event hall.
  • Maximum allowable capacity for event centers, irrespective of the occupancy limit, is 500 people. Deep cleaning must be carried out before and after every event.
  • Physical distancing shall be maintained between seated guests and a maximum number of seated guests should be six people on a table of 10 persons.
  • Event duration should not exceed a maximum period of 6-hours.
  • All guests and service providers at the facility must wear a nose mask and make use of hand sanitizers.
  • All guests and service providers must endeavor to wash their hands before entering the venue or in the alternative use hand sanitizers.
  • Temperature checks must be taken at all entry points into a facility. Guests and service providers with temperature above 37.5 are to be politely turned back and referred to paramedics or the emergency response team on the ground.
  • Hand sanitizers must be positioned at the entry points and different spots within the hall and must endeavor to display standard COVID-19 safety signs. The signs must be bold and installed at conspicuous locations.”

Subsequently, Omojola warned that event center owners/ planners/vendors will be responsible for any breach of protocols by their staff, stressing that any violation of the protocol shall attract fines and penalties in line with the Lagos State Infectious Diseases Control Regulation 2020.

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