On the 24th of March, the Lagos State Government under the leadership of His Excellency Babajide Sanwo-Olu mandated that all markets, public parks, banks, and offices be shut down from the 26th of March, 2020 in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus in Lagos.
The information was passed through his official twitter account in a series of tweet . The lockdown is to last 7 days as stated in the tweet and will also require gyms, beauty salons, and parks in private residential estates to shut down for the foreseeable future. Only people exempted from lockdown are sellers of food, medicines, medical equipment, and other essential life-saving product.
This announcement saw Lagosians scramble to the market to stock up on everything they can to take them through the lockdown. This resulted in really long queues yesterday at every ATM as people wanted to have money to purchase all they need at the local markets as well as have cash at hand in case of any emergency expense.
Today marks the beginning of the statewide lockdown and it will be interesting to see how Lagosians cope with the new directives. If you are at home and bored read about fun things you can do while at home. As you go into self isolation ensure that you have gone through our list of the things you should stock up your home with before going into self-isolation .
Also, the State Government has reduced the number of people that can attend public gatherings (churches and mosques) from 50 to 25. While the Government is doing its best to ensure they contain the spread of the virus, it is important that as citizens we do not panic. Read about our article on how to know you DO NOT have coronavirus as well as hygiene tips to ensure you do not get the coronavirus
Remember to practice social distancing and stay safe