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Schools, churches, mosques, entertainment centres remain shut in Lagos

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday said all schools, churches, mosques and entertainment centres, such as event centres, bars, nigh clubs and others will remain shut to check the spread of Coronavirus.

He said while some businesses and others resume gradually on Monday, those mentioned would remain closed till further notice.

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The governor spoke at a news briefing to give update on Coronavirus in Lagos. The event was held in Marina, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.

“All Schools and institutions at primary, secondary and tertiary levels remain physically closed. Students are expected to continue learning on the alternative online and media channels announced by the various institutions of learning.

“All places of worship (both formal and informal) are to remain closed from any form of congregational services or assemblage, until further notice.

“Our Muslim brothers and sisters taking part in the Ramadan Fast must observe all meals and prayers within their homes. In line with the pronouncement of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), no gatherings are allowed for Iftar, Suhur, and Tarawih; and the conduct of Tafsir is also suspended.

“Because the process of ablution involves touching the face, it is essential to ensure that the hands are clean.
Ablution should, therefore, be preceded by the washing of hands with soap,” he said.

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On entertainment centres, the governor said centres, such as event centers, cinemas, arcades, bars, casinos, day clubs, nightclubs and beaches would remain closed till further notice.

“Swimming Pools, Gyms, Barber-shops, Spas, Beauty Salons, and all Public Parks, including those in private and residential estates, will continue to remain closed for another two weeks in the instance; at which point we will review and advise on the permissible opening date for these establishments.

“Residents’ Associations should please enjoin their members as well as operators of businesses within their association to adhere to these directives,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu added that all elderly persons, as well as all persons with underlying or pre-existing health conditions, were encouraged to stay indoors as much as is practicable; and request the assistance of those not in the vulnerable or elderly category to procure essential items needed.

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