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COVID-19: See what Police in Lagos are about to do

The enforcement team has already shut down eight clubs, 15 schools, six event centres and eight places of worship for noncompliance and have released a set of rules for Lagosians.

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Lagos State Police Command says it has in the last six days deployed its resources across the state to ensure that the guidelines and directives issued by both the federal and state governments to prevent the spread of Coronavirus are fully obeyed.

Now they are set to extend enforcement of the planned shutdown to markets, shopping malls, stores, eateries, businesses and gatherings of more than 25 persons in Lagos State.

The enforcement team has already shut down eight clubs, 15 schools, six event-centres and eight places of worship for noncompliance and have released a set of rules for Lagosians.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, reads: “With the directives issued by Lagos State Government on Tuesday 24th March 2020, the enforcement will now be extended to all markets and stores, except markets that are selling food items, water, medicine, pharmacies, medical equipment and other related essential lifesaving products, with effect from Thursday 26th March 2020.

“Corporate bodies such as financial institutions, telecommunication companies and businesses not affected by the ban should also ensure that both their employees and customers/clients are not more than 25 in number at a time. Staff should be posted to ATM stands to ensure that customers using the services space themselves to avoid body contact.

“Eateries should encourage their customers to use take away services and those who must sit in the restaurant/eatery should apply the required spacing guidelines. Eateries should not have more than 25 persons at a time, including their staff.

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“Hotels should only operate lodging and accommodation services with a minimal number of staff on duty. Conference and event halls, swimming pools and other services attracting crowds should be suspended in line with the order and directives of the Government.”

The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, has also enjoined residents of Lagos State to obey the safety regulations put in place by Government for the benefit of everyone.

He added that violators of the shutdown rules will be dealt with in line with extant laws.

“Together we can prevent the spread of COVID-19,” he said.

Lagosians can also reach the Police with information or complaints regarding noncompliance by calling the following numbers 09010512285, 09010512286, 09010512287 and 09010512288.

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