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COVID-19: Lagos State Government Releases Guidelines For Water Transportation Operations



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The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) has advised all commercial boat operators and waterways users to strictly adhere to new guidelines for the water transportation sector in the State. In a press release by the transport sector, the new guidelines are aimed at preventing the spread and transmission of the Coronavirus disease in the State.

Lagos Waterways

Following the Directives from the Federal and State Government, Water Transport Operations within the State shall

1. Be between the hours of 6 am – 5 pm daily starting from 4th May 2020 until further notice.

2. Boat Operators and Passengers are mandated in addition to life jackets to wear a face mask at all times, sanitize with alcohol based sanitizers or wash their hands with soap and running water before and after each trip.

3. All passengers are advised to have their own personal lifejacket to curtail the spread of the Corona Virus.

4. All Boat/Ferry Operators/Companies are expected to disinfect their Boats/Ferry and Terminal regularly and continuously (for Boats/Ferry at least before and after each trip). 5.All Boat/Ferry Operators/Companies are expected to have at the entrance of their respective terminals hand washing equipment with running water and alcohol-based sanitizers.

6.All Railings and seating areas in the terminals must be disinfected at intervals within the day by cleaners.


7. All Boat/Ferry Operators are expected to have Alcohol-Based Sanitizers in their Boat/Ferry for Operators and passengers.

8. Terminals must not be overcrowded with passengers and commercial activities at any point in time. Social distancing is required for passengers queuing to board Boat/Ferry. NCDC recommends that at least 2m (5feet) distance is required between people.

9. Operators are not allowed to overcrowd/overload their Boats/Ferries at this point in time. All public Boats/ferries should be 60% capacity.

10. Public Transport Operators/Company must have temperature readers to test each passenger before boarding the Boat/Ferry.

11. Operators/Companies must collaborate with LAWMA for prompt waste disposal at their respective terminals.

12. Operators/Companies and passengers are expected to report immediately, any suspected case of COVID-19 to the Authority or call 08000CORONA.

13. Passengers are also expected to report any Operator/Company that does not comply with these guidelines to the Waterguards at the Terminal/Jetty or call/ WhatsApp 08090129777 to report to the Lagos State Waterways.

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