DANIELS G. O
Following the increasing number of COVID -19 pandemic cases in the state, Lagos State Governor Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has threatened to arrest and prosecute violators of the guidelines put in place in the state to flatten the curve ,saying such measure would act as deterrent to others.
Governor Sanwo-Olu said this during the sixteenth update on Corona virus pandemic as the incident commander in the management of the deadly virus in the state.
The governor emphasized that at this phase in the evolution of the pandemic in the society, taking personal responsibility becomes important than ever, not only for self-protection, but also for protecting other people, including loved ones.
He said, ” Mask usage is mandatory in public places. We are asking offices and business and commercial premises to refuse entry to any persons not wearing masks, in line with the Presidential Task Force directive on “No mask, no entry. No mask, no service.” Enforcement agencies will from this week charge defaulters to court, as the period of grace is now over.””
He appealed to Residents to continue to abide by other protocols like washing of hands regularly and as much as is possible maintain social distancing especially in public places.
Governor Sanwo-Olu added said on their part as a government, they will continue to do everything possible to protect and uphold the health and wellbeing of the people of Lagos State. You can see the evidence of this in the commitment we are putting into scaling up testing and isolation capacity, and enforcing the guidelines we have issued.
“With regards to enforcement, we are increasing our focus and efforts in this area. As you all know, guidelines and directives are effective only to the extent to which they are complied with by the citizenry. The best laws and guidelines are of no use if they are disregarded by the people for whom they have been issued.”
The governor urged the residents to join hands with the government to ensure that COVID -19 pandemic is defeated.
While recapping the highlights of the modified guidelines concerning what is permitted in the state, he said , “The nationwide curfew remains in force from 10pm to 4am, daily.
b. Places of worship will remain closed in Lagos State, until further notice.
c. All Social and Events Centers, and Social Clubs, will also remain closed, for now. However, a list of Social Clubs with verifiable Trustees and Governing Board that have met strict guidelines will be released from time to time for supervised openings, as approved by The Incident Commander on the recommendation of the Lagos State Safety Commission.
“Only Social Clubs in possession of a valid Provisional Safety Clearance Letter from the Safety Commission will be permitted to open, and they will in addition have to comply with all hygiene and physical distancing measures. We will not tolerate any violation of this directive.
e. All bars, day and night clubs, cinemas, games arcades, beaches and beach fronts, gyms and spas continue to remain closed. Eateries and restaurants are to continue to open as normal for takeout only. In-dining is still prohibited and a few defaulters in this regard will be shut down and prosecuted.
“All schools and educational institutions will remain closed. We continue to support online teaching of curriculum during this period. However, students in transitional classes, who have mandatory Public exams ahead of them are permitted to resume at only day schools as soon as possible for revision classes and examination. All educational establishments are to follow established public health guidelines and protocol for re-opening the schools for these categories of students. “