Covid-19: Police extend enforcement to markets, shopping malls, eateries, others in Lagos


The Lagos State Police command has said that it had 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.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the command, DSP Bala Elkana who disclosed this in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday said that the enforcement team had since shut down 8 clubs, 15 schools, 6 event centres and 8 places of worship for non-compliance.

Elkana stated that with the directives issued by Lagos State Government on Tuesday 24th March, 2020, the enforcement would now be extended to all markets and stores, except markets that were selling food items, water, medicine, pharmacies, medical equipment and other related essential lifesaving products, with effect from today Thursday 26th March, 2020.

He noted that 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 were not more than 25 in number at a time adding that staff should be posted to ATM stands to ensure that customers using the services space themselves to avoid body contact.

According to him, “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.

“Hotels should only operate lodging and accommodation services with 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, CP Hakeem Odumosu psc enjoined the good people of Lagos State to obey the safety regulations put in place by Government for the benefit of everyone. Violators will be dealt with in line with extant laws. Together we can prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“For information or complaints regarding non-compliance call the following numbers 09010512285, 09010512286, 09010512287 and 09010512288.”

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