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In a bid to improve measures aimed at curbing the second wave of COVID-19 in Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu during an official press briefing on Sunday, January 31, 2021, announced that indoor gatherings of more than 50 persons in the state have been banned. Governor Sanwo-Olu also disclosed that religious gatherings have been exempted from this ban owing to the fact that they are not expected to exceed 50 percent capacity of the places of worship.
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The state governor stated that the disregard and non-adherence towards measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus meant the government had to take the decision and warned that defaulters will be punished in line with full provisions of the law.
‘The state government has observed with dismay the widespread flagrant disregard and non-adherence to guidelines and protocols aimed at stemming and curbing the tide of infection. We particularly note that some event centres have been operating their premises outside the acceptable parameters for operation/usage and continue to be recalcitrant in this regard. This is to sound a very serious note of warning that henceforth all those found culpable and in breach of the existing regulations and guidelines would be swiftly and decisively dealt with in full accordance with the provisions of the law.’
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu
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It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari on January 27, 2021, signed into law the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations 2021 which stipulates that violators of COVID-19 protocols will face a six months jail term or pay fine, or even both. Governor Sanwo-Olu did not hesitate to reference the new law in his remarks and revealed that enforcement agencies have been notified to ensure maximum compliance from citizens.
‘In line with the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations 2021 signed last week by President Muhammadu Buhari, it is hereby directed that no gathering of more than 50 persons shall hold in an enclosed space, except for religious purposes, in which case the gathering shall not exceed 50% capacity of the space. A breach of the provisions of the Presidential Regulations attracts upon summary conviction, a fine or six months imprisonment and or both. Our enforcement agencies have been appropriately tasked to ensure maximum compliance.’ Sanwo-Olu
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