Lagos State Government has clarified its position on reopening of event centres, explaining that owners of various social centres across the State must register their facilities pending further official directives regarding their operations.
The Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Pharmacist (Mrs.) Uzamat AkinbiIe-Yusuf, who made the clarification following reports in the media that owners of event centre could now open for operations, maintained that all event centres and cinemas are to remain shut for now.
She explained that the State Government is yet to take any decision on the reopening of the Centres, adding that such announcement would be made when Government is satisfied that the event centres have met all stipulated procedures ahead of their reopening, including registering under the Register-To-Open initiative of the State Government.
Speaking on the limited number of persons that would be allowed to gather at the various event centres, Akinbile-Yusuf explained that at-most one-fifth of the capacity of each event centres, which should not be more than 500 persons regardless of the size of the Centre, would be allowed when they are finally allowed to open for businesses.
She said: “The numbers of persons that would be allowed at any event centre will depend on its size and this must not exceed one-fifth of the normal occupancy level of each venue. In other words, no matter the size of an event hall, it cannot accommodate more than 500 persons at a time. That is what the guideline says”.
The Commissioner informed that the status quo of only take-away for restaurants and eateries remains, stressing that their operations must not run foul of already stipulated operational guidelines during the State wide lockdown period.
According to her, “only hotels and restaurants are allowed to open for business activities for now in the entire hospitality industry while others should continue with their registration processes ahead of further directives from Mr. Governor”.