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COVID-19: Lagos issues guidelines to public transport operators, passengers

All motor parks in Lagos are to have hand sanitisers at their entrances, the state government directed yesterday.

There must also be running water and soap in all the parks, the state added.

These were among guidelines issued to transport operators and passengers to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde, said Lagos State has the highest case of COVID-19.

Dr Oladeinde said henceforth, it is now compulsory for all transport operators/companies to sanitise their parks and garages regularly and consistently at least before and after each trip.

He said: “all transport operators/companies are expected to have at the entrance to their parks/garages, washing hand equipment with soap and running water.

”All operators are expected to have alcohol based sanitisers in their Vehicles for the use of drivers, conductors and passengers.

”All Operators are not permitted to overcrowd/overload their vehicles at this point in time, passenger’s spacing must be fully observed, because NCDC recommends that at least 2m (5ft) distance is required between anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness,’’ he said.

The commissioner directed that there should be no standing in all Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the Lagos Bus Service Limited (LBSL) bus operations.

According to him, all commercial buses should be at 60 per cent capacity and not 100 per cent capacity.

”All Air-Conditioning System in public transport be put off and all public transport operators/company must have temperature reader to test each passenger before boarding the bus.

”All drivers and conductors should always wear hand gloves and nose guides while in transit and all passengers are also required to sanitise themselves before and after each trip.

”Passengers are also required to regularly wash their hands with soap and running water before and after each trip,” he added.

Oladeinde said that operators/companies and passengers were expected to report any suspected case of COVID-19 to the Ministry of Transportation or call 08000CORONA.

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