afpop Lagos Newsletter September 2020
The sad news is that I cannot hold gatherings at the present time even though my plans fulfil the current government guidelines regarding Corporate Events. I had organised a meal at O Cangalho by Lagos Zoo for September with a bonus discounted Zoo visit as well but with the slight rise in Covid figures, and after discussions with our organisation, we reluctantly have decided that it should not go ahead.
I feel it could have been done very safely as there are 3 pods in the garden, each pod has socially distanced tables seating 6 or 8 and provided that people did not enter other pods and obeyed the rules, then I am sure we would have been safe. But if any outbreak did occur, then I am sure that afpop (or me!) would be blamed.
If you have not been to this venue recently, then I can recommend a Sunday lunch - a set menu consisting of couvert, a 3-course meal and drinks, all for €20 and live music in the garden too. We have been on a number of occasions with our trusted friends and even though we shared a pod with unknown groups, because we are outside and distanced, none of us have felt in any way unsafe. I really do recommend you try this – you can see the Sunday menus on Facebook and can book on 282-687-218. Get a group together and give it a go, you will not be disappointed. Hopefully they will continue with this outside event in October too, weather permitting. They also have Fado nights on Tuesdays though I have not been to this yet - I think they offer the normal menu for that.
There is also the delightful Zoo itself – obviously the welfare of the animals is paramount and food is essential for them so visitors are a necessary part of this cycle. afpop members get a 20% discounted entry fee - show your current membership card at the box-office – you will pass a very entertaining number of hours. Maybe you could take a picnic or use their cafes and enjoy the whole day there. There is plenty to see.
Anyway, I am sorry the news is not as good as I had hoped. I had also booked a hotel for the Christmas Dinner but with no dancing and only half the people allowed at the tables, it now seems that this will become a 'non-event' - the cost of a singer would also be very expensive for just a small gathering – from our normal 120 down to just 60 people allowed.
Therefore, I have decided to reluctantly write this nightmare year off and hope that during 2021 we will know exactly where we stand and can start meeting again with some degree of normality. So many members and friends that I am missing but safe health must come first.