The Lagos State government has issued new protocols for organisers of social events in the state during the yuletide season, especially as new cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant have been detected in Nigeria.
The new protocols were announced in a statement by Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, on Wednesday.
According to Governor Sanwo-Olu, vaccination cards or negative COVID test results must be presented by event guests at the entrance of event venues.
He also said all attendees must be tested at the event venue or 24 hours before, regardless of their vaccination status.
“All Social Events must be duly registered to obtain Event Safety Clearance from the Lagos State Safety Commission website: www.lasgsafetyreg.com prior to holding; and the guidelines set out below must be strictly adhered to,” the statement issued by Gbenga Omotoso, the state Commissioner for Information, read.
“Where possible, events should be held outdoors. Occupancy limit at any event must not exceed 60% of maximum design capacity of the event centre.
“Every attendee of a social gathering MUST present their Vaccination Cards or digital bar code page showing at least first dose but preferably double dose full vaccination. In unvaccinated people, a negative PCR within 72 hours will be an exemption.
“Everybody, irrespective of vaccination status, MUST be subject to Rapid Diagnostic test (Antigen) to be conducted AT THE EVENT VENUE OR within 24hrs prior to the event at designated laboratories. (Request for rapid tests at the venue requires an application through the Safety Commission).
“Under 18 years of age are unvaccinated and the above applies. Guests and service providers with high temperature (above 37.5) are to be politely turned back and referred to paramedics or the emergency response team on ground.
“All guests and service providers at the event must wear a nose mask or face shield before entry. All guests and service providers must endeavour to wash their hands before entering the venue or use hand sanitisers after which temperature checks should be carried out. Hand sanitisers to be positioned at the entry point and different spots within the venue.”
The governor blamed the fourth wave on refusal of residents to adhere to the safety protocol, adding that as of December 5, Lagos had recorded a total of 78,564 confirmed cases.
He said: “Most of the continents of the world – including Africa – are now experiencing a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, Lagos State is not left out as we are also experiencing the beginnings of a fourth wave with current positivity rate at 6%. This is against the positivity rates of 0.1% as at the middle of November 2021.
“Based on our analysis, the fourth wave was brought by the non-adherence to the laid-down protocols to mitigate this pandemic.”