CoronaVirus: Governor Sanwo-Olu orders closure of markets in Lagos

Lagos State Governor-Elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has ordered the closure of all markets in the state from March 26.

Only sellers of essential commodities like medical supplies, water, food are allowed to open for business.

The decision is part of the precautionary measures to stop the spread of the CoronaVirus disease.

Out of the 41 confirmed active COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, Lagos alone has 26 cases (29 in total cases, but two already discharged and one dead).

Governor Sanwo-Olu in a press briefing this evening said;

“All open markets and stores except for sellers of food and medicines, medical equipment and other essential life-saving products are directed to close from Thursday 26th, 2020 for the next seven days.

“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.”

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