COVID-19: Lagos Govt To Close Markets Violating Social Distancing Order


Any market in Lagos State that violates the order on social distancing will be shut down, the state government has said.

The Corps Marshal, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), Gbemisola Akinpelu, made this known in a statement issued on Monday by the Head, Public Affairs Unit, Adebayo Kehinde.

Adebayo said that “if social distancing is not adhered to, this will pose a great danger to the effort of the State Government at combatting the spread of the virus.”

The sanitation boss argued that “overcrowded areas such as our market places will help to increase the spread of this pandemic if social distancing is not adhered to.”

He reiterated the commitment of the agency to monitor markets across the state to ensure that the directive of the government is being adhered to strictly.

To the corps marshal, the organisation will continue to intensify its searchlight on all the market places in the state and also enlighten residents on the need to comply with the order.

He, therefore, advised traders and buyers on the need to maintaining environmental cleanliness around the markets and stop trading on road setbacks and drainage.

In doing this, the LAGESC boss wants market users to maintain personal hygiene by engaging in regular handwashing with soap and water as well as regular use of hand sanitisers and nose masks.

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