In the last twenty-four hours since the release of our press statement on the fourth wave of the COVID-19 outbreak in Lagos State, it has been brought to our attention that certain pronouncements therein have tended to create some ambiguity regarding the State Government’s stance on Social Events and Gatherings during the festive season.
The purpose of this statement is therefore to spell out categorically what is expected of event-goers and organisers during the festive season as it relates to the measures being taken to curb the spread of the viral disease in Lagos State.
All Social Events must be duly registered to obtain Event Safety Clearance from Lagos State Safety Commission website: www.lasgsafetyreg.com prior to holding; and the guidelines set out below must be strictly adhered to.
a. Where possible events should be held in an outdoor space.
b. Occupancy limit at any event must not exceed 60% of the maximum design capacity of the Event Centre.
c. All attendees of a social gathering are expected to 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 test within 72 hours will be an exemption.
d. 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.
e. All guests and service providers at the event must wear a nose mask or face shield before entry.
f. 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.
g. Hand sanitisers to be positioned at the entry point and different spots within the venue.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, it is also appropriate, at this moment, to request that we should all exercise a high degree of care and responsibility towards ourselves and loved ones during the festive season.
Let us, as much as possible, endeavour to avoid huge gatherings and events during this period, as experience has shown that these events have the tendency to be super spreading events.
We wish you all a very festive and blessed holiday season ahead.
Honourable Commissioner for Information