Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Saturday has announced that churches and mosques can not fully reopen to their members, as he relaxed the lockdown further.
The government also allowed the re-opening of basic and secondary schools with effect from tomorrow although only pupils in Junior Secondary School Three (JSS 3) and Senior Secondary School Two (SSS 2) are allowed to resume for physical classes in public schools.
Government also granted permission for Cinemas and gyms can also reopen but with a maximum of 33 per cent occupancy.
“Muslims can now have their five times daily prayers in mosques. Churches can also begin mid-week services,” the Governor said
The Governor said the public schools’ resumption would allow the JSS 3 pupils to revise and prepare for Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) scheduled for October 12, 2020 while pupils in SSS 2 are expected to use the period to prepare for their transitional exams to SSS 3.
All pre-primary school classes, including nursery, daycare centres and kindergarten, in both public and private schools are to remain shut.
Sanwo-Olu said all re-opened schools must comply with safety protocols and hygiene guidelines as instructed by the State Government through the Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA). He said the Department would monitor and evaluate Schools’ preparedness.
”For all other public school classes in primary school and JSS 1, JSS 2, and SSS 1, announcements for resumption will be made as soon as the State Government is satisfied that all necessary resumption protocols have been put in place,” he said.
“In the meantime, these yet-to-resume classes in public schools are expected to continue their lessons on our various distance learning platforms (online, radio, television and WhatsApp) pending the announcement of dates for physical resumption.”
From next week, Sanwo-Olu said all primary and secondary schools in the State that have more than two-storey structures will be subjected to integrity test to ensure the safety of pupils. The Governor spoke against the backdrop of the Saturday collapse of Excel Secondary School – a private school – in Ejigbo area of the State.
The school, Sanwo-Olu observed, flouted the State’s structural regulations, resulting in its collapse. He directed the complete demolition of the failed structure, while directing the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to embark on integrity test on all schools’ structures.
Sanwo-Olu also granted permission for the immediate reopening of cinemas and gyms, but with a maximum of 33 per cent occupancy, stressing that there must be a minimum of two empty seats between occupied seats in the cinemas.
In the case of gyms, the Governor said there must be constant disinfection of machines and equipment throughout the day.