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Lagos seals Event Centre for flouting COVID-19 safety protocols

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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Lagos State Government has sealed Queens Park Event Centre, Oniru for flouting the COVID-19 safety protocols of the State, while its licence revoked through the Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture.

The Director-General, Lagos State Safety Commission Mr. Lanre Mojola who disclosed this on Sunday, 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.

Majola 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 warned 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.

“The Commission has begun a legal process against some recalcitrant business owners who removed the government seal and continued operations”, he stated.

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.

Also, the Commissioner for Tourism Pharm Akinbile Yusuf said 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.

“Otherwise risk loosing their chances of doing business in Lagos”, while reiterated that the fight against the virus can only be successful if we all follow the laid down public health and safety protocols.

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