Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says the state has been hit by the COVID-19 third wave.
In an address made on Sunday, he directed religious and event centres and other enclosed places to start operating at 50 percent capacity.
He said the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has started hitting Lagos since the end of March, 2021.
In his address, he said he regretted that in spite of the hard work and dedicated efforts towards sustaining the return to normalcy, the state is finding itself at the start of a potential third wave.
According to the Governor, 50,322 passengers of interest arrived in Lagos via the Murtala Mohammed Airport between the 8th of May and the 7th of July, 2021.
About 18 percent could not be reached by EKOTELEMED because of the provision of either wrong numbers or wrong Nigerian contact details to be reached on.
“It is the responsibility of passengers to ensure they provide the right details for us to reach them for proper monitoring.
“Passengers that do not provide the right details, including a phone number they can be reached for monitoring and an address for isolation will be penalized.
“Sanctions are being recommended and have already been meted out to defaulters: For foreigners: revocation of their permanent residency, and deportation; For Nigerians: prosecution with the Lagos COVID-19 Law.”
Sanwo-Olu also noted that churches, mosques and other religious centres need to be more at alert.
“We must not allow ourselves to be carried away by the illusion that all is now back to normal. This is especially critical, as Sallah approaches, in a little over a week from now.”
He announced strict adherence to all protective rules starting from Sunday.
He said the use of masks in all public places is obligatory, social distancing must be observed , temperatures must be checked, hand-washing and sanitizers must be provided , and there must be only a maximum of 50 percent occupancy in enclosed spaces.