Apart from the closure of markets, stores and non-essential commodities by Lagos State Government, governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has also asked banks and other financial institutions to prioritise online channels for their services to the public.

Governor Sanwo-Olu who directed all markets and stores trading in non-essential commodities to close for seven days on Tuesday has said, only essential and key senior staff should be allowed to work in the office during the restriction period.

According to Punch, Sanwo-Olu advised the organised private sector to take drastic steps as done by the government in the public sector and allow non-essential workers to work from home.

The governor also had a briefing during the State’s Security Council meeting held at the State House in Marina, Sanwo-Olu .

During the briefing, he said, the directive should not be seen as a lockdown on business activities in the State as the restriction measures were necessary, given the rise in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lagos.

He said the guidelines would be reviewed after seven days.

Speaking further, Snwo-Olu revealed that, “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.”

The Governor also 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.”