Lagos higher institutions to open Sept 24, primary, secondary schools Sept 21 - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE

Lagos higher institutions to open Sept 24, primary, secondary schools Sept 21

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By Olubiyi Obasa

The Lagos State Government has approved the reopening of tertiary institutions in the state.

So also did the government announced tentative reopening dates for primary and secondary schools.

The State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced the decision at a news conference at the Lagos State House in Marina at a news conference.

The schools were closed in March following the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease.

While tertiary institutions are to reopen on September 14, 2020, primary and secondary schools are tentatively scheduled to open on September 21, 2020.

“This decision is not cast in stone and is subject to review of our ongoing modelling and what procedure comes out from the Ministry of Health,” Sanwo-Olu said.

The Governor explained that the decision was based on indications that the pandemic has peaked in the state, as the number of new cases continues to steadily decline.

Sanwo-Olu reiterated that restaurants are now permitted to open for in-dining services in the state, although they must continue to ensure spaces are only filled up to 50 percent capacity at all times.

On the re-opening of event centres, bars, night clubs, beaches, cinemas, the Governor said a review will be done in September to decide whether to allow a re-opening of such public spaces.

Responding to a question on whether the Federal Government’s 10 pm curfew still holds in Lagos, Sanwo-Olu replied in the affirmative.

“These are challenging times for all of us,” he said.

Salient Times reports that the ban on international flights is expected to be lifted on September 5, adding the increased pressure of possible imported cases