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Lagos Govt to demand COVID-19 vaccination cards at parties, social events

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The Lagos State government has issued directives to attendees of parties and other social events in the state to present their COVID-19 vaccination card before having access.

The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu released new COVID-19 guidelines for social events and gatherings in the festive season, disclosing that all social events in the state must be duly registered to obtain an event safety clearance from the Lagos State Safety Commission website.

The governor, who said this on Tuesday in a press statement by the Commissioner for Information, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, said that every attendee of a social gathering must now present their evidence of vaccination.

He said, “Where possible events should be held in an outdoor space. Occupancy limit at any event must not exceed 60 per cent of maximum design capacity of the commission.

“Every attendee of a social gathering must present their vaccination cards or digital bar code page, showing at least first dose but preferably double dose full vaccination. In unvaccinated people, a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction within 72 hours will be an exemption.

“Everybody irrespective of vaccination status must be subject to Rapid Diagnostic test (antigen) to be conducted at the event venue within 24 hours prior to the event at the laboratories listed below. (Request for rapid tests at the venue requires an application through the LSSC).

“Under 18 years of age are unvaccinated and the above applies. Guests and service providers with high temperature (above 37.5) are to be politely turned back and referred to paramedics or the emergency response team on ground.”

Sanwo-Olu added that all-inbound passengers who refused to adhere to COVID-19 protocols would be prosecuted.

“While it is a stringent requirement that all inbound passengers perform a day two test within 48 hours of arrival into the country; and an additional day seven PCR test for all partially or unvaccinated inbound passengers, we cannot stress enough how important the strict adherence to these protocols are.

“These tests are mandatory to assist the state monitor the inflow of positive passengers, which we have identified as a veritable source of our waves and community spread.

“Based on this, we will commence the prosecution of those who refuse to submit themselves for these mandatory tests by blacklisting their passports for a period of one year. This would be carried out in partnership with the Presidential Steering Committee.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has also declared that visitors and guests without proof of vaccination would be barred from its buildings as a tougher measure to curb the spread of the virus.

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