As Mr Governor, Sanwo-Olu Says Lagos State Is NOT Total Lockdown

Lagos State Police Command, on Wednesday, said it a restriction on gatherings of
more than 25 persons would be extended to markets and stores to prevent the
spread of Coronavirus in the state.

state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said in a statement that
the enforcement would be extended to markets and stores, except those where
food and medicinal items were being sold, adding that financial institution,
telecommunication not affected by the ban should ensure compliance with the
government’s directive of not having more than 25 persons on duty.

Elkana stated, “The Lagos State Police Command had in the last
six days deployed its resources across the state to ensure that the guidelines
and directives issued by both the federal and state governments to prevent the spread of Coronavirus is fully obeyed. The enforcement team had shut down
eight clubs, 15 schools, six-event centres and eight places of worship for

“With the directives issued by the Lagos State Government on
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the enforcement will now be extended to all markets
and stores, except markets that are selling food items, water, medicine,
medical equipment and other related essential life-saving products with effect
from Thursday, March 26, 2020.

“Corporate bodies, such as financial institutions,
telecommunications companies and businesses not affected by the ban should also
ensure that both their employees and customers/clients are not more than 25 in
number at a time. Staff members should be posted to ATM stands to ensure that
customers using the services space themselves to avoid body contact.

“Eateries should encourage their customers to use take away
services and those who must sit in the restaurants/eateries should apply the
required spacing guidelines. Eateries should not have more than 25 persons at a
time, including their employees”.

“Hotels should only operate lodging and accommodation services
with minimal staff members on duty. Conference and event halls, swimming pools
and other services attracting crowds should be suspended in line with the order
and directives of the government.”

Elkana said the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu,
enjoined the residents to obey the safety regulations put in place by the
government for the benefit of everyone, adding that violators would be dealt
within line with extant laws.

Meanwhile, the Lagos state government had debunked contrary
opinion that the state is on total lockdown over the spread of Coronavirus in
the state.

 in a statement by its
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, noted that some
media outlets had reported that the state was on lockdown.

Omotoso noted that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had only
introduced stringent measures to curtail the spread of Coronavirus and urged
private establishments to introduce measures that would support the government’s

He said, “The attention of the Lagos State Government has been
drawn to news reports that Lagos is on lockdown following Governor Babajide
Sanwo-Olu’s update on the steps taken to curtail the spread of Coronavirus.

“The impression created by such reports is erroneous; Mr
Governor, who is the incident commander, only urged the private sector
establishments to introduce measures that will support the government’s efforts
at curtailing the spread of COVID-19.

 “Governor Sanwo-Olu
suggested that banks should enhance their online banking services to enable
their customers have transactions without visiting banking halls and all
markets that are not selling food, pharmaceutical products, water, medical
equipment and other essential materials are to close down.

“Workers providing essential services – fire service, emergency,
health, water, telecommunication, security, media and others – are exempted
from this directive and the initiatives being introduced by the government are
to prevent any situation where more than 25 persons will gather in the same
place at any time.”

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