Lagos State Government relaxes restrictions on social gatherings & event centres across the state

On Friday, the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, authorised a further relaxation of restrictions on social events and event centres throughout the state. According to a statement released by the Lagos Safety Commission on Friday, limits on social and event centres are being eased immediately. He “due consultation and deliberations with relevant stakeholders and MDAs including the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and Lagos State Safety Commission and approved the further easing of social centres across the State with immediate effect,” the statement said. Under this new relaxation of regulations, event centres will now hold a limit of 500 participants, regardless of their size. The overall event time for social activities has now been increased from two hours to six hours. The below are the complete recommendations for social/event facilities:
  • All event centres must hold a valid license of the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture before operating as an event centre in the State.
  • All event centres must be duly registered and verified on The Lagos State Safety Commission website before holding any event.
  • An Event Safety Clearance must be obtained from the Lagos State Safety Commission through the website for any proposed event or exhibition.
  • Safety Marshals shall be deployed by an accredited event safety consultant from Lagos State Safety Commission for every social event with attendance exceeding over 200 people.
  • Occupancy limit at any event must not exceed 50% of the maximum design capacity of the hall, wherein Occupancy Limit stickers provided by the Lagos State Safety Commission must be boldly posted at the entrance of the event hall.
  • The maximum allowable capacity for Event Centers irrespective of the occupancy limit is 500 people.
  • Deep cleaning must be carried out before and after every event.
  • Physical distancing shall be maintained between seated guests and a maximum number of seated guests should be 6 (six) people on a table of 10 (ten)persons.
  • Event duration should not exceed a maximum period of 6-hours.
  • All guests and service providers at the facility must wear a nose mask and make use of hand sanitizers
  • All guests and service providers must endeavour to wash their hands before entering the venue or in the alternative use hand sanitisers.
  • Temperature checks must be taken at all entry points into a facility.
  • Guests and service providers with temperature (above 37.5) are to be politely turned back and referred to paramedics or the emergency response team on the ground.
  • Hand sanitisers must be positioned at the entry points and different spots within the hall.
  • All event centres must endeavour to display standard COVID-19 safety signs. The signs must be bold and installed at conspicuous locations.
  • Event centre owners/ planners/vendors would be responsible for any breach of protocols by their staff.
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Ex WestHam striker Ashton predicts on top four and declare Rice transfer

With eight games remaining this season Dean Ashton thinks that West Ham will hold onto their top-four spot and play in next season’s Champions League

West Ham players celebrate Craig Dawson's goal against Leeds (Photo by IAN WALTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
West Ham players celebrate Craig Dawson’s goal against Leeds (Photo by IAN WALTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Former West Ham United and England striker Dean Ashton has backed the Hammers to secure a top-four finish and to bring Champions League football to the London Stadium next season.

West Ham host Leicester City on Sunday afternoon in a clash between two of the current top four sides in the Premier League, quite a turnaround for the Hammers who were in a relegation battle this time last year.

Ashton believes recruitment has been the key to the transformation in the Hammers’ fortunes since David Moyes took the job for a second time in December 2019.

“Recruitment has been pretty diabolical if I’m honest for the last fifteen years. There have been so many signings that haven’t come off and didn’t really suit West Ham as a football club and what the fans expect from their players.,” Ashton said exclusively to 888 Sport

David Moyes on no transfer regrets, Mark Noble and Leicester
Pre-match press conference with West Ham manager David Moyes ahead of his side’s Premier League clash against Leicester at home.


“But the recruitment has been excellent in recent times. You look at the likes of Jarrod Bowen who is the kind of West Ham player you like to see with his work-rate and how he delivers. Then there’s Craig Dawson, Soucek and Coufal: these are players who, even if they’re not playing well, give absolutely everything, which is the minimum that’s required as a West Ham player. On top of that, they have shown the quality and consistency to be taken seriously in this top four race.

“I think the injury to Declan Rice is a badly timed one but of all those competing for the top four they have been the most consistent. So there’s no reason to think why they shouldn’t have every opportunity to make the top four.”

“Crikey, what hasn’t Mark Noble given West Ham? He’s given absolutely everything he can. Not only in the way he conducts himself, but it’s not an act how much the club means to him. That was always clear to us as players.

“When I first came to the club and he was coming through it was obvious then the passion that he had and that’s never wavered: he’s always been about getting the best for the football club.

Former West Ham striker Dean Ashton with Marlon Harewood in 2006 (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Former West Ham striker Dean Ashton with Marlon Harewood in 2006 (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) (Image: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

“The thing that is misunderstood about Mark Noble, because he doesn’t have outstanding athletic attributes, is the ability he has. That’s the reason why he’s still playing. That’s the reason why he’ll still be there next season.

“That’s why he starts games when Declan Rice is injured. Having trained with him and played with him he is super talented. He’s got lots of ability and great awareness. He can feel hard done by having never been picked for England because he’s been more than good enough over the years. He will go down as a West Ham great and rightly so.”

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