Following the relaxation of the COVID-19 lockdown in Abuja, Ogun and Lagos, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has urged residents of the state not to flood the city from Monday, saying law enforcement agencies had been directed to ensure strict compliance with all guidelines and directives on personal hygiene, movement and public behaviour.
Sanwo-Olu, who disclosed this during a media briefing at the Lagos House, Marina, Sunday, charged residents that would be resuming work to adhere strictly to all the guidelines on the relaxation of the lockdown.
He said: “The gradual easing of the lockdown which commences tomorrow (Monday) is not a license to all to flood the streets. We are not going from zero to a hundred.
“Tomorrow (Monday) we will commence a modified phase of the four-week lockdown directed by President Muhammadu Buhari. This new phase is a gradual and controlled easing of the lockdown and will last for six weeks, in three phases of two weeks each.
“The goal is to enable us to achieve a balance between the protection of lives and the sustenance of livelihoods. Following each phase, the Federal and State Governments will review the situation and further adjust the response.
“We have been able to take advantage of the lockdown to significantly boost our capacity to contain the threat of this pandemic. One thing bears repeating: the gradual easing of the lockdown which commences tomorrow is not a license to all to flood the streets.
“We are not going from zero to a hundred. I would caution that we still remain at home if we truly are able to continue to work remotely and away from the office. We should only be out unless it is absolutely necessary to be out.
“As I have always said, we are not in normal times, and these challenging times will very likely be with us for some time to come.”