See The New Lagos State Guidelines For Water Transport & Jetty Operations
The Lagos State government has issued fresh guidelines for controlled inland waterways transportation as well as jetty operations.
The Guidelines For Water Transport were issued through the Area Office of the National Inland Waterways Authority, NIWA.
According to NIWA, the new guidelines were in line with the directive of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19. This was done to allow a gradual and controlled easing of the lockdown as announced by the President on March 27, 2020.
Below are some items in the guidelines.
Movement of Boat & Ferries is from 6:30 am and 5:30 pm
Movement of Boats/Ferries will be between the hours of 6:30 am and 5:30 pm. No passenger boat is expected on the waterways after 5:30 pm in the evening.
Boats and Ferries To Load At 60% capacity
The loading capacity of all Boats and Ferries shall be at 60 per cent capacity until further notice, that is a 20 passenger boat will be reduced to 12 passengers only.
Mandatory Use Of face-mask
All passengers shall put on a face-mask before embarkment and throughout the duration of travel.
Use of sanitizers
Boat operators shall make alcohol-based sanitisers available at the entrance of their boat. The use of sanitizer is mandatory before embarkment and disembarkment of passengers.
Mandatory use of hygienic lifejackets
Operators are to make available decent lifejackets as we move towards actualising optimal hygiene and passengers are urged if necessary to provide and use their personal Life Jackets.
Suspension of Commercial boat operations on weekends
Commercial boat operations shall remain suspended during weekends till further notice. There will be temperature checks at various jetties and terminals.
Jetties/terminals To Accommodate Not More Than 20 Passenger
Jetties/terminals are not allowed to accommodate and congregate not more than 20 passengers at a time, this is in line with the enforcement of social distancing. Passengers are expected to board immediately on arrival at the jetties.
In the event of any suspected case of COVID-19 please call the Authority or 08000CORONA. There are emergency numbers placed on the jetties if you find any passenger or operator violating any of the above guidelines.
“In order to ameliorate the cost of operations for commercial Boat Operators, the Authority has directed all jetty operators to charge fifty per cent of applicable jetty fees while government jetties remain free of charge till further notice,” NIWA noted.
The new guidelines took effect from Monday, May 4, 2020.