The government of Lagos State has lifted restrictions on the operations of cinemas with the condition that only 33 percent of the theatre’s capacity can be occupied. It said on Saturday that the permission to reopen was immediate.
The Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu, said cinema operators must leave at least two empty seats between occupied ones.
The West African Pilot News recalls that Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria had asked the Governor to approve the reopening of cinemas. They noted that cinemas in other states had opened and were adhering to COVID-19 restrictions.
Gyms in Lagos which were also allowed to open were instructed to disinfect machines and equipment regularly.
However, Mr Sanwo-olu said the government would take definite decisions on the reopening of night-clubs, bars, event centres, spas, and public parks next month. He warned that those who flout restriction orders would face “dire consequences”.
Religious centres have been permitted to meet more times daily and weekly. While churches were given approval to hold mid-week services, mosques could open for prayers five times daily. Places of worship had been running skeletal operations since March when restrictions were imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19.
“We must not forget that the Coronavirus pandemic is still very much with us, and we must therefore strive to prioritise the safety of all our children teachers, parents, and the entire society,” the Governor said.
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