Lagos State Government played host to its premier innovative drive-in concert in the State on Saturday, in an event organised by Palazio lifestyles and entertainment group at the Bay Lounge, Admiralty Way, Lekki and supervised by the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA.
The concert according to the agency General Manager, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe was to safely reinvigorate Lagos’s entertainment landscape after a long break, as the government begins to gradually ease the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown implemented in the state.
“Society benefits from entertainment; it adds structure to our social lives. Our goal is to ensure that the entertainment world can operate in a safe and healthy environment to create lasting positive memories, as we adjust to the post COVID-19 lifestyle. The drive-in concert event is globally acceptable as a new model for hosting safe entertainment event. Lagos, being a prime destination of entertainment and leisure events in Africa, should not be left behind in this new trend that ensures that fans connect with their favourite musicians or idols without breaking COVID-19 safety and environmental regulations,” Fasawe explained.
The General Manager noted that though the event was successful, there is still room for improvement, as the agency would appraise the event in order to come up with a more robust plan to further extend the scheme to other relevant sectors. Our goal is to support the entertainment sector, in tandem with outlined social distancing and environmental protocols and which attracts serious sanction if violated or defaulted flagrantly to serve as deterrent for others.
Dr. Fasawe described the event as a test run for the new normal, expressing that its success would be a win for all and a guide for future events in the state.
She added that the state places high premium on the lives of the citizens and thus, the need to adopt new approaches that safeguard the lives of her citizens.
The event, which had about 50 vehicles in attendance parked in line with physical distancing guidelines recommended by LASEPA. Attendees were safely seated in their vehicles while some were dancing to the tunes of popular musician Mayokun through their car radio, all within the marked spaces. The event was supervised by the agency Lekki Zonal office led by Yetunde Atoyebi in fulfillment of the monitoring guidelines.