Lagos State Government has ordered the closure of all nightclubs, bars, lounges and social hangouts in its efforts at curbing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced the ban in a briefing on Friday and asked residents to avoid large gatherings of any kind under any circumstances.
Events like wedding receptions, parties and all kinds of social events including religious services are affected by the ban.
Sanwo-Olu advised the people against panic buying and stop peddling rumours but observe social distancing as there is no total lockdown.
Recall that Lagos had announced closure of all public schools in the state with effect from March 23, 2020 with all state-owned institutions of higher learning shut immediately.
“This means that gatherings around our event centres and clubs, both day clubs and night clubs, bars etc. are also affected by this directive. We must learn from other examples in South Korea and Singapore. Disease spread largely through gatherings both at religious and other spheres,” he said.
The governor directed the police to strictly enforce the directive.
Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital has the highest number of confirmed cases of the COVID-19.
Nigeria presently has so far confirmed 12 cases of the deadly disease with Lagos accounting for 10
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