THE Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered all tertiary institutions in the state to resume new academic sessions on September 14.
He gave the order at the 18th state-wide briefing held at the State House in Marina on Saturday, noting that primary and secondary schools should also resume on September 21.
The re-opening order came six months after all tertiary institutions and basic schools were shut on the order of the government, following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am pleased to announce that tertiary institutions in Lagos State will re-open from September 14, 2020.
“We are also working towards the reopening of Primary and Secondary Schools anytime from September 21, 2020.
“However, the decision to re-open the basic and secondary schools is not cast in stone and is subject to a review of our ongoing modelling of the State’s response to the pandemic.
“Also, social clubs and recreational centers that have registered trustees have also been permitted to open, on the condition that they have applied for and obtained a Provisional Safety Compliance Certificate through the registration portal of the Lagos State Safety Commission.
“Restaurants are now permitted to open for in-dining services, but they must ensure the maintenance of a 50 per cent maximum occupancy at any point in time.
“They must also have obtained a provisional Safety Compliance Certificate.
“As a Government, we will continue to keep our citizens informed and updated on the decisions that we are taking in response to the pandemic.
“We will also continue to ask for your understanding and cooperation.
“These are challenging times for all of us, and it requires extra levels of patience, sacrifice and understanding.
“The fact that we have been seeing a gradual easing of the lockdown does not mean that we are now returning to our old way of doing things.
“The easing you are seeing is the outcome of a careful and deliberate attempt to ensure that livelihoods are not crippled by the overwhelmingly disruptive impact of the virus.
“It is certainly not an invitation to carelessness or nonchalance,” the Governor said.