The Lagos state government said markets, where non-food items are sold, could open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
In an official statement on Twitter, the Lagos State Government quoted its Commissioner for Local and Community Affairs, Dr. Wale Ahmed, as saying that markets and stores will be open from 9 am to 3 pm on selected days.
He also noted that all vendors of food and agricultural products will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
According to Dr. Wale, the measure follows the gradual easing of the blocking of COVID-19 in the state of Lagos as of Monday, May 4, adding that security measures must, however, be observed in the markets .
Ahmed, while detailing the measures, said that the malls will be opened on the condition that the stores maintain an occupancy capacity of 60% and maintain adequate physical distance.
In addition, he said that food handlers should wear masks and gloves in the markets, just as he mandated store owners to provide hand sanitizer and wash hands with soap and running water at all points of entry; perform temperature checks on all customers.
The Commissioner, however, warned that the Lagos State Government will not tolerate street commerce, adding that all market leaders have promised to guarantee compliance with the established guidelines.