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Lagos threatens to shut down markets not adhering to social distancing rules

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Lagos threatens to shut down markets not adhering to social distancing rules

The Lagos State Government on Monday threatened to shut down any market in the state that fails to adhere to social distancing rules.

The Corps Marshal of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), Gbemisola Akinpelu, made the threat on Monday, adding that the social distancing measure was necessary to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Urging traders to comply with the social distancing rule to avoid being sanctioned, Akinpelu said the agency will continue to ensure that all markets in the state adhere strictly to the directive through advocacy campaigns and sensitisation.

She said: “As a way of ensuring compliance with the social distancing order in markets, the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps advises traders to ensure strict compliance with the order and defaulters will be appropriately sanctioned by the state government and the markets will be shut down as directed by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources.

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“Overcrowded areas such as our market places will help to increase the spread of this coronavirus pandemic if social distancing is not adhered to and this will pose a great danger to the efforts of the state government at combating the spread of the virus.

“I want to urge the traders to maintain cleanliness around the markets and stop trading on road setbacks and drainages, and engage in regular hand-washing with soap and water as well as regular use of hand sanitizers and face mask.”

The LAGESC boss also advised persons, who had no business in the markets, to stay away in order to reduce the numbers of people in the markets.

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