Coronavirus: Lagos bans all religious and social gathering of over 20 people


THE Lagos State Government (LASG) in Nigeria has banned all religious and social gatherings of more than 20 people in a bid to combat the spread of Covid-19.

The state government made the announcement in a statement posted on its Facebook page after 30 cases of coronavirus were recorded in the country on Sunday. Before the new development, the LASG had imposed restrictions on gatherings of over 50 people.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu directed the state’s civil servants from grade level 1 to 12 — about 70 percent of its entire public workforce — to stay away from the office for 14 days.

‘We will review this measure as time goes on. Members of the public are advised to refrain visiting any of our public offices. They are to transact any businesses as it is possible on the phone or online channels,’ Sanwo-Olu said.

He said this did not apply to medical personnel, firefighters, emergency services, those in waste management and other essential services, and urged private companies across Lagos to also allow non-essential staff to stay off duty for the same period.

Sanwo-Olu said his administration was ready to cushion vulnerable residents against the impact of the outbreak.

He said law enforcement agencies would enforce measures initiated by the state to protect members of the public from catching the virus, such as social distancing a directive.

‘The government will frown at any organisation, whether public or private, that is not obeying this directive,’ Sanwo-Olu said.

‘The social distancing directive is not a religious matter; it is a matter of morality and civic responsibility. Times like this call for heightened commitment to doing the right thing. Our law enforcement agents are to ensure that there’s strict compliance with this important public health tips.’

The government had identified locations across five traditional divisions in Lagos to build isolation centres where Covid-19 patients could be treated, Sanwo-Olu added.


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