Sanwo-Olu Shuts Markets, Parks; Reduces Gathering Limit To 25

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday ordered the closure of all markets in the state except food markets and those selling essential commodities due to rise in coronavirus cases.

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The governor said the closure of the markets would take effect from Thursday and would last for one week.

Sanwo-Olu, who gave update on Coronavirus at the State House, Marina on Tuesday also reviewed the minimum number of people that could gather at a time to 25 from the initial 50.

He also ordered the closure of all public parks, swimming pools, gyms and others, with effect from Thursday.

Sanwo-Olu lamented that the coronavirus cases in Lagos had continued to grow, saying that the government had  identified other isolation centers across the five divisional zones of Ikeja; Badagry; Ikorodu; Lagos Island and Epe to ensure that “we have a seamless and coordinated approach towards the quick identification and isolation of suspected cases without overwhelming the mainland infectious diseases hospital in Yaba.”

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He urged the organized private sector to follow the steps of the public sector and allow as many workers as possible to work from home, saying that banks and other financial institutions were encouraged to prioritize online channels for their services to the public; with only essential and key senior staff being in the office during these times.

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Sanwo-Olu said the Chief Judge of Lagos State had been directed to ensure that all Magistrate and High Courts in Lagos State close immediately to the public and suspend all court sittings; and that much as is possible, essential services should be transacted electronically.

“All public parks, including those in private and residential estates, swimming pools, gyms, beauty salons, and all such public places are expected to shut down at this time, until further notice.

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