Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered the closure of all markets.
The order is effective on March 26.
Those not affected are shops selling essential commodities such as medical equipment, water, foodstuff.
Sanwo-Olu made the announcement to the press on Tuesday.
“It is not a total lockdown, we still want people on essential services to go about their normal activities. We are trying to de-centralise markets in Lagos.
“This is why we want to use some of our closed schools as markets, so people can buy food and medicine without going a long distance.
“It is only when you are alive that you can talk about economics and finance,” he said.
Currently, there are 42 cases of coronavirus in Nigeria, with most in Lagos.
Federal government workers on level 12 and below started working from home today.
To further reduce the spread of the virus, he appealed to Nigerians to refrain from inter-state travelling of any kind for now. According to him, Lagos state has seen a significant jump in the number of confirmed cases from 19 on Sunday to 28 today (Tuesday). He assured that the State is proactively and promptly tracking, isolating and managing the suspected cases, as well as the confirmed ones at the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) in Yaba. “I am pleased to note that all our confirmed cases, bar the ones that have since been discharged, are doing well and are all in stable condition,” he said.
He disclosed that the State is identifying other isolation centers across five divisional zones of Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos Island and Epe to ensure a seamless and coordinated approach towards the quick identification and isolation of suspected cases without overwhelming the mainland Infectious Diseases Hospital in Yaba. “I urge that all travel to and from Lagos, whether by air or by road, be avoided at this time. The Federal Government has already advised residents of Lagos and Abuja to stay put where they are, and I would like to reiterate this in the strongest terms possible. As much as possible let us all refrain from inter-state travelling of any kind, until the worst of the crisis is behind us.
“Let us also refrain from gatherings or congregations of any kind at all at this time; and where we must absolutely gather, the number of persons in the gathering must not exceed 50 persons.
“Now is not the time to be meeting friends, plan blind dates, plan weddings or plan any other social event. Stay home and stay away from gatherings as much as you can help it,”
Sanwo-Olu urged. He noted that anyone caught flouting any of the above directives as well as the previously issued directives will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law. He reiterated that law enforcement agencies and other relevant Lagos State protection agencies have been imbued with the power to deal with recalcitrant offenders. “These are indeed challenging times and we need to act responsibly and with an urgent sense of duty to ensure that we take the precautionary measures seriously and do what is right in the circumstances.
“I am not unaware that the directives issued thus far have wide-ranging effects and restrictions on your personal freedom, as well as your fundamental human rights; however, as you can imagine, the constitution or any law for that matter never quite envisage the coronavirus pandemic. “So, at this time, the doctrine of necessity is being invoked to allow us to roll out these restrictive measures to protect and secure our state and its people,” he said.