Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced modified protocols for re-opening education institutions and essential services in the state.
Sanwo-Olu made the annoucement at a briefing on the State’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response held at the State House in Marina on Friday.
He directed students in transitional classes, who have mandatory public exams ahead of them, to resume on August 3 for revision classes and their examination.
Sanwo-Olu said: “Students in transitional classes, who have mandatory public exams ahead of them, are now permitted to resume for revision classes and examination. All education establishments are to follow established public health guidelines and protocol for re-opening the schools for these categories of students. The commencement date for this opening will be on August 3, 2020, for SSS 3 and TEC 3 students only. Dates for JSS 3 schools’ re-opening for revision classes and examinations will be announced in due course.
“The permission to opening will apply only to Day-Schooling; boarding activities are not permitted at this time. School Authorities are expected to spend the period between now and the day of re-opening to put in place infrastructure, protocols and essential items required to comply with all hygiene, safety and physical distancing requirements.
“Our tertiary institutions are to continue their online academic activities which are at various advanced stages. For Primary Six, we are using Continuous Assessment to determine how they graduate into JSS 1. We are doing this to slow down risk factors and manage the situation in measure.
“Hairdressing salons that had been accredited by the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC) could open in strict on appointment-only only and with a maximum occupancy of 50 per cent of the total floor space at any given time.
“Sports facilities and recreational parks in residential estates would be permitted to operate with a maximum of 20 persons at any given time.
“Places of worship, events centres, and social clubs will remain closed until further notice.
“Civil servants from Grade Level 1 to 12 should continue working from home and improve themselves through dedicated online Learning Management Systems (LMS) portals.
“At this phase in the evolution of the pandemic in our society, taking personal responsibility is now more important than ever, not only for self-protection, but also for protecting other people, including your loved ones.
“Mask usage is mandatory in public places. We are asking offices and business and commercial premises to refuse entry to any persons not wearing masks, in line with the Presidential Task Force directive on ‘No mask, No service’. Enforcement agencies will from this week charge defaulters to court, as the period of grace is now over.”