COVID-19: Lagos and Ogun States Ban High Density Social Gatherings

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020   /09:37 PM / News / Header Image Credit:  Businessday

 

The Lagos State Government has urged all residents of the state to reduce all forms of public and social gatherings as part of preventive measures to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus disease in the State.

 

The Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso at the press briefing urged members of the public not to panic as the State government is in control of the situation. He further advised citizens to comply with government instructions and public advisories, stressing that adherence to all instructions will help the government curtail the spread of the virus and prevent escalation

 

Similarly, the Ogun State Government has announced an immediate ban of all high-density gatherings that would bring together 50 or more persons in the same place, such as social clubs, halls, cinemas, night clubs, restaurants, cafes, and sport arenas. This measure will be in effect for the next 30 days in the first instance.

 

A statement issued by Ogun State Government on Wednesday said this restriction has to be enforced without prejudice to people's fundamental rights to association and movement, because safety of our people and their welfare are priorities that cannot be toyed with. The Government will continue to engage all the stakeholders, including our religious leaders to sensitise the populace on the need to maintain social distancing and collective effort to combat this pandemic.

 

The Government will continue the surveillance initiatives and intensify sensitisation on COVID-19. This is more so given the peculiarity of its location as the Nation's Gateway State and its industrial capital. Our epidemiologists and other health workers are working round the clock with Federal agencies and international development agencies to stop the spread of corona virus.

 

In view of the recent confirmed cases in the country, Governor Abiodun reassures the populace that no stone will be left unturned to ensure that the state is prepared at all times to respond appropriately. He further encourages people to maintain a high level of suspicion and report any suspected case to the appropriate authorities.


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