Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered the closure of all markets in the state from Thursday, March 26, 2020.
The closure will affect all markets in the state that are not selling essential commodities such as medical supplies, water, foodstuff amongst others.
The decision to close the markets is one of the moves taken by the state government to curtail a community transmission of the coronavirus.
At the time of filing this report, Lagos had reported a total of 29 of the 44 confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria.
“All open markets and stores except for sellers of food and medicines, medical equipment and other essential life-saving products are directed to close from Thursday 26th, 2020 for the next seven days," Governor Sanwo-Olu said at a live press conference on Tuesday.
“It is not a total lockdown, we still want people on essential services to go about their normal activities.
“We are trying to de-centralise markets in Lagos. This is why we want to use some of our closed schools as markets, so people can buy food and medicine without going a long distance.
“It is only when you are alive that you can talk about economics and finance.”