COVID-19: Sanwo-Olu bans gathering of over 50 people

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday night announced a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people in an enclosed space.

Sanwo-Olu issued the directive in line with the COVID-19 health protection regulations 2021 signed last week by the President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said that religious centres were not affected, but must limit gatherings to 50 percent of their capacities.

“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,” Mr Sanwo-Olu said.

“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.

“Furthermore, and 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 percent 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.”

The governor enjoined Lagosians to continue to observe all guidelines and protocols issued by both the state and federal governments for the effective containment and treatment of COVID-19.