The Lagos State Government has sealed about 12 facilities for defying the Federal Government’s directive on COVID-19 as it concerns social and recreational centres.
In a statement issued on Sunday by the Director-General of Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr Lanre Mojola, some of the facilities include DNA Night Club, Buzz Bar, Silverfox, Cocoon.
Others include Westend Nightclub, Rumors, Lekki Waterside, Landmark Event Centre and the Wave Beach club.
Mojola said he and his team have been carrying out routine enforcement and monitoring activities throughout the holiday season to monitor the level of compliance.
He, however, mentioned that recalcitrant establishments who broke the government seal and continued partying will be charged to court once documentation has been properly processed.
The state government, Mojola explained, is committed to curbing the spread of the virus and would leave no stone unturned to achieve this mandate.
“During the earlier monitoring and enforcement drive carried out over the weekend starting the 19th of December, 2020 other facilities such as Cubana Ikeja GRA, The Corner Lekki, 355 Restaurant and Night Club, Victoria Island amongst others were sealed,” the statement partly read.
According to him, mass gatherings at restaurants, bars, cafes, and public places without observing necessary safety guidelines will increase the spread of the virus.
He, therefore, urged the public to maintain and observe all the necessary safety precautions as they celebrate the Christmas holidays whilst remembering the reason for the season which bothers on sacrifice.
He maintained that people must take responsibility and urged all and sundry to co-operate with the government to effectively curtail the virus.
COVID-19 Second wave: Lagos seals Queens Park Event Centre
The Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture has revoked the license of Queens Park Event Centre Oniru as the Lagos State Safety Commission also sealed the facility for contravening the COVID-19 protocols of the State.
The Commissioner for Tourism Pharm. Uzamat Akinbile Yussuf says the step to withdraw the license was taken in the best interest of the State and implored other event centres and venue owners to comply with the Governments laid down directives or risk losing their chances of doing business in Lagos.
She reiterated that the fight against the virus can only be successful if we all follow the laid down public health and safety protocols.
The Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission Mr. Lanre Mojola said it became necessary to take such steps following an event that was held at the venue on the 26th of December that contravened all safety protocols laid down by the State.
He also sounded a stern warning to all other event centers and venue owners that flout safety protocols in the State, that it is not business as usual.
As such, they should either fall in line with the States protocols or risk losing their license to operate in the State.
He further stated that the Commission has begun a legal process against some recalcitrant business owners who removed the government seal and continued operations.
He further stated that mass gatherings at restaurants, bars, cafes and public places without observing necessary safety guidelines will increase the spread of the virus and therefore urged the public to maintain and observe all the necessary safety precautions.
He further sounded a note of warning to all Night Clubs, Bars and Lounges operating against the States established safety protocol, that the State maintains zero tolerance towards those that do not abide by the regulations.
He maintained that people must take responsibility and urged all and sundry to co-operate with the government to effectively curtail the spread of the virus which is still very much with us.