The Lagos State government has released fresh guidelines for the reopening of markets and shopping malls, as part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Wales Ahmed, commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting in Alausa, Ikeja, said all markets and stores in the various LGs/Local Council Development Areas across the metropolis, will be allowed to open from 9.00am till 3.00pm on selected days, according to The Nation.
He emphasised that buyers will be mandated to observe precautionary measures, such as physical distancing and high levels of personal and respiratory hygiene.
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Ahmed disclosed that malls will also be allowed to open, with the provision that stores will maintain a 60 percent occupancy capacity at any point in time, while ensuring that two-meter physical distancing is maintained between shoppers.
The commissioner maintained that sellers in markets must also wear masks and hand gloves at all times.
He directed that shop owners must provide hand sanitisers, wash-hand basins with soap and running water at all entry point, conduct temperature checks on customers and ensure that nobody is exempted from the process.
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According to him, the guidelines are proactive measures put in place to curtail a possible spread of the deadly virus among traders in markets places and malls, when the gradual ease of the lockdown commences on Monday.
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President Muhammadu Buhari had in a nationwide address last week, ordered the gradual easing of the lockdown he imposed on Lagos and Ogun States, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), from May 5.