As Mr Governor, Sanwo-Olu Says Lagos State Is NOT Total Lockdown
The 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.
The 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 non-compliance.
“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 effort.
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.”