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Residents worry at poor social distancing as customers storm banks on Day 1 of ease of lockdown in Lagos

Some residents of Abule Egba and Agege in Lagos State, on Monday expressed worry at non-compliance of many  Lagos residents  with social distancing directive aimed at  reducing COVID-19 spread.

While many Lagos residents used face masks on the first day of gradual relaxation of lockdown of the state, they did not observe social distancing at some bus stops, banks and other public places.

The federal and Lagos State governments had ordered the use of face masks and  social distancing as part of measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

Mr Joshua Ochugbo, a 53-year-old trader in Abule Egba, said that it was good that many residents used face masks but would have been better if they also observed social distance.


He said he would  use face mask until the end of  mask COVID-19 crisis and would do his best to keep distance from people.

“I bought different types of  face masks for use  throughout the  COVID-19 crisis. Though, it is not so easy because of the heat it causes, it is worth wearing when you realise what non-compliance will cause,” he said.

Mrs Roseline Adebayo, a 55-year-old businesswoman, who lives in Agege, also regretted non-compliance with social distancing order in public places including  bus stops.

“People at bus stops are not adhering to social the distancing rule; they are fighting themselves and rushing to board buses to their destinations.


“What is the essence of putting face masks when people are rushing buses and pushing one another in order to get into buses?

“The police need to be at each bus stop to compel commuters to adhere strictly to the rules; else, we are in trouble,” she said.

Commercial Banks in Lagos State on Monday witnessed very large turnout of customers flooding banking premises to carry out various transactions.

A visit to a few banks around Ikotun-Egbe, Ejigbo-Isolo and Okota axis of Lagos show that the crowds at those facilities were enormous.


That made it difficult for people to maintain the two meters physical distancing as directed by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The customers also violated NCDC’s guidelines on mass gathering of not more than 20 people outside of a workplace.

At the Ikotun branches of Zenith Bank, Guarantee Trust Bank and Firstbank of Nigeria, the queues waiting to gain entrance into the banking halls were uncontrollable. (NAN)

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