As part of drastic measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19 three states – Lagos, Edo and Osun – have ordered the shutdown of major markets in the respective states.
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, in his address ordered the closure of all markets and stores with effect from tomorrow (Thursday 26th March, 2020).
Gov. Sanwo-Olu who gave the order while giving an update on the Covid-19 situation to state House correspondents at the Lagos House said the closure of the market will last for seven days.
However, some markets selling food items, water, drugs, medical equipment and other related life-saving items were exempted from the closure.
The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, who had also announced the closure of markets stated that only food vendors, drug sellers and other vital commodities will be allowed to sell in markets.
Gov. Obaseki who spoke at the Government House in Benin during the inauguration of members of the State COVID-19 Response Committee also reduced the number of people allowed in any public gathering in the state from 50 to 20.
In Osogbo, the Osun State government, through the Health Commissioner, Dr Rafiu Isamotu announced an indefinite suspension on weekly markets to curb COVID-19 spread.
In a statement, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Ismail Omipidan, noted that the government said only daily markets will be allowed to operate because they attract low patronage.
The commissioner stated that the closure was necessary due to the fact that Osun shares boundaries with some states that have confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The commissioner urged market women to support the government’s effort in containing the spread of the disease by creating handwashing points and providing sanitizers for those patronising them.