Sanwo-Olu Announces Second Lockdown For Lagos Over Rising COVID-19 Cases

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu OnoBello (2)

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced tougher coronavirus restrictions across Lagos state — including strict ban on concerts, carnivals and street parties — until further notice.

This forms part of the public health directives issued by the governor on Friday, as the state government prepares for a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. He also directed that all government and private schools in the state be shut down indefinitely.

The statement declared churches, mosques, and other places of worship to enforce the existing COVID-19 protocols amid the rising cases reported recently in the state and asked them to ensure all gatherings must not exceed two hours with attendance not more than 50 per cent of the maximum capacity of the venue.

Sanwo-Olu, who tested positive for COVID-19 recently and said he was getting better by the day, explained that the directives became important as all local governments in Lagos have begun to record an increase in COVID-19 cases.

According to him, all public servants from Grade Level 14 and below, except emergency workers and first responders, to work from home for the next 14 days starting from Monday next week – in the first instance.

The governor stated that the 12am to 4am curfew imposed by the Federal Government remained in place, and the protocol of ‘No Mask No Entry’ must be enforced by all public places such as offices, businesses, markets, and shops, among others.

He further directed that guests and service providers with high temperature (above 37.5 degrees) should be politely turned back and referred to paramedics or the emergency response team. He added that health, safety and environment officers must be present at all public gatherings – whether religious or social – and should be trained in basic first aid procedures.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, however, noted that the situation was not peculiar to Lagos alone, noting that the entire country was also seeing a rise in the numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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