The Lagos State Safety Commission has shut down over 10 social and religious centers over non-compliance with the directive on social distancing and ban on social and religious gatherings.
The disclosure was made by the Director-General of the commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola, who led the enforcement team for the exercise.
According to Mojola, some of the social centers or bars that were shut include the Harvest Lagos, Bay Lounge, The Heavens Suites, Angle Villa Bar, Ehi Guest House and Gardens Egbeda, Mountain Top Hotels and Suites Ojodu.
The Technical Adviser to the Commission, Mr. Seun Awojobi, revealed that the team was allegedly shot at and attacked at Osigold Hotels and Bar at Baruwa, Ipaja Lagos while carrying out the enforcement on Friday night.
He said the hotel had over 100 people clubbing and dancing within its premises, flouting the state government’s directive and contravening the Infectious Disease Law of the state.
The Director-General confirmed that despite the attack on the team, the hotel was eventually sealed, saying that the team was determined to ensure that relevant laws and safety guidelines were strictly adhered to.
Mojola said, ‘’Citizens should take responsibility and fight against the COVID-19 more seriously to complement the efforts of the government to curb spread of the virus.”
Mojola advised members of the public to continue to register their businesses in line with the Register to Open initiative of the Lagos state government on www.lasgsafetyreg.com, to ensure adequate space management and preparation against when such businesses will be allowed to open.
He sounded a note of warning to other facilities in the state, stating that the commission would continue to shut down erring and non-compliant facilities across the state.
Mojola reiterated the importance of wearing a face mask always, as it ensures that you are keeping yourself and other people around you from being infected.
Nairametrics had reported that as part of the guidelines to help guarantee the safety of residents and contain the spread of the coronavirus disease as Lagos state enters into the second phase of gradual easing of lockdown, the state introduced ‘register to open initiative’.
The initiative which is mostly for restaurants, malls, cinemas, event centers, and religious organizations, is to help the state government assess the level of readiness of the players in the identified sectors for supervised operations.