Obey Social Distancing Measures Or COVID-19 Lockdown Will Be Reviewed, Sanwo-Olu Issues Strict Warning to Lagosians

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has threatened to order another lockdown of movement and business activities should the residents fail to adhere to the public health guidelines issued by the state government in response to the fight against coronavirus pandemic.

Sanwo-Olu sounded the warning during his COVID-19 briefing at the Lagos state house in Marina on Saturday.

“The gradual easing of this lockdown is dependent upon the compliance of each and every one of us, which is the #TakeResponsbility,” he said. “As a government elected to uphold the security of its citizens, which includes health security, let me make it clear that we will not hesitate to review the terms of this easing if we do not see an improvement in the next couple of days. People have to take responsibility.”

He complained that residents went about their businesses in the last five days after the ease of lockdown without complying with the public health guidelines despite massive advocacy.

The Governor reiterated guidelines such as the use of face masks in public, noting that the measures were designed to keep people safe.

“This face-mask wearing is to protect yourself,” he explained. “You have to help us protect you and protect your loved ones. It is not a showpiece, it is not something that we believe that will inconvenience you, it is really to protect you and to protect your family. Please and please again, if you have any public engagement, make sure, compulsorily, that you are wearing a face mask.

“We have also heard of people that are sharing face masks, please let us desist from this very uncivilized acts. People are not meant to be sharing face masks in public places.”

The Governor also instructed security personnel to strictly enforce the ban on inter-state movement, directing the police to turn back all pedestrians trekking to Lagos from boundary highways.

He said, “We are at a critical point in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic where every citizen of the state needs to take responsibility for their health and wellbeing.

“As citizens, we have a great burden upon us, to behave responsibly. These times demand a lot from us, in terms of actions and behaviours that may not be comfortable. To stay alive and well, we have to abandon old habits and customs, and adopt new ones.”

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