Governor Babajide Sanwo -Olu has said Lagos State Government is considering full reopening of its economy and worship centres .
“But , the move will not be pushed in a hurry ,” he said at a briefing after the State ’s Security Council meeting held at the State House in Marina on Sunday.
A statement from the government quoted Sanwo – Olu as saying officials from the Lagos State Safety Commission and Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency would visit restaurants , companies , religious houses to assess their level of readiness.
“We are reviewing and considering how the phased unlocking will happen . If we see a huge level of compliance , then it can happen in the next two to three weeks . If not, it could take a month or two months . It is until we are sure all of these players are ready to conform to our guidelines ,” the Governor added ,
With the size of the state ’ s economy and numbers of businesses that operate in its domain, the governor said the Lagos could not afford to keep people and businesses on lockdown permanently .
He said , “We are at a level where we are reviewing the other arms of the economy . In the coming days , we will be starting what we call Register – to-Open , which means all players in the restaurant business , event centres , entertainment , malls , and cinemas will go through a form of re -registration and space management .
“There is a regulation that will be introduced to supervise this move. We will be coming to their facilities to assess their level of readiness for a future opening . I don ’t know when that opening will happen in the weeks ahead , but we want these businesses to begin to tune themselves to the reality of COVID – 19 with respect to how their workspaces need to look like .
“For us , it is not to say they should re -open fully tomorrow or any time ; there has to be a process guiding the re -opening . We will be mandating LASEPA and Safety Commission to begin the enumeration process and the agencies will be communicating with all relevant businesses and houses in the days ahead . I must , however , caution that this should not be misinterpreted as a licence for full opening ; it is certainly not. The State ’s economy is not ready for that now .”