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Covid-19: Lagos throws open its parks and gardens to visitors

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The Lagos state government on Sunday announced the reopening Ndubusi Kanu Park in Alausa, Ikeja and Dr Abayomi Finnih park in Oregun, also at Ikeja for public use. There is a caveat though: managers of the two parks must ensure that visitors comply with the existing Covid-19 safety protocols laid down by the relevant health authorities.

This was disclosed by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Lagos State Parks and Gardens, Mrs Titilayo Ajirotu in a statement released in Lagos.

Recall that Lagos State was literally shut down earlier in March this year to prevent community spread of the novel coronavirus following its outbreak in March this year.

The statement quoted the General Manager of LASPARK, Mrs Adetoun Popoola saying that the agency had made necessary arrangements and put in place relevant safety protocols for the public to visit the parks.

“Strict observance of COVID-19 guidelines including physical distancing, use of face masks, temperature checks, and washing of hands with soap and running water is germane to reducing the risk of exposure to the virus.

“It is also pertinent to mention that children below five and adults above 65 years are advised to stay home to reduce their risk of infection.

“All play items and games which have high touch surfaces will also not be operational for now at the parks,” Popoola said.

Other safety measures include the limiting the occupancy rate of Ndubuisi Kanu park to 150 visitors and Dr Abayomi Finnih park to 100 to prevent overcrowding.

She said that other public recreational parks in various parts of the state are still being assessed for reopening, adding that the public would be notified accordingly.

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