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COVID-19: Lagos govt introduces new guidelines for social gatherings, event

During this festive season, the Lagos State government has introduced new guidelines for social events and gatherings in the state.

On Tuesday, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu confirmed this in a statement.

According to Sanwo-Olu, the COVID-19 pandemic is in its fourth wave in the state.

The governor stated that vaccination cards or negative COVID-19 test results must be presented at event venues in order to prevent the spread of the virus during the holiday season.

All social events have been mandated to obtain safety clearance from the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC).

He also said attendees must be tested at the event venue or 24 hours before, regardless of their vaccination status.

“All Social Events must be duly registered to obtain Event Safety Clearance from the Lagos State Safety Commission website: prior to holding; and the guidelines set out below must be strictly adhered to.”

o   Where possible events should be held outdoors.

o   Occupancy limit at any event must not exceed 60% of maximum design capacity of the event centre.

o   Every attendee of a social gathering MUST present their Vaccination Cards or digital bar code page showing at least first dose but preferably double dose full vaccination.

o   In unvaccinated people, a negative PCR within 72 hours will be an exemption.

o   Everybody, irrespective of vaccination status, MUST be subject to Rapid Diagnostic test (Antigen) to be conducted AT THE EVENT VENUE OR within 24hrs prior to the event at designated laboratories. (Request for rapid tests at the venue requires an application through the Safety Commission).

o   Under 18 years of age are unvaccinated and the above applies.

o   Guests and service providers with high temperature (above 37.5) are to be politely turned back and referred to paramedics or the emergency response team on ground.

o   All guests and service providers at the event must wear a nose mask or face shield before entry.

o   All guests and service providers must endeavour to wash their hands before entering the venue or use hand sanitisers after which temperature checks should be carried out.

o   Hand sanitisers to be positioned at the entry point and different spots within the venue.

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