The governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered the partial closure of banks in the state effective Thursday. He has also ordered the closure of all markets with the exception of markets dealing in essential commodities such as food items, water and medical items.
He said the directive should not be seen as a lockdown on business activities in the State .
He said the guidelines would be reviewed after seven days .
He said, “ It is only when you are alive that you can talk about economics and finance . We want to encourage the organised private sector to allow their workers to work from home .
“ Banks and other financial institutions are encouraged to prioritise online channels for their services to the public with only essential key staff being in the office during this time . Only key staff should be present .
“ We are a subset of a sovereign. We are not a sovereign. This is why we cannot completely lock down Lagos . We need to be considerate . ”
Other public places shut by the government include markets , parks, playgrounds, and recreational centres within the state , regardless of ownership.
The directives , the Governor said, did not affect pharmacy shops and all markets where foodstuffs are traded .
“ Eateries and restaurants must not accept eat -in customers; they are to serve food in takeaway packages.
“ As much as possible , let us all refrain from inter -state travelling of any kind until the worst of the crisis is behind us, ” he said .