Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari announced yesterday 29th March 2020, that there will be a total lockdown of Lagos State and FCT, Abuja from Monday 30th March 2020 due to COVID-19.
The speech reads in part:
“Based on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC, I am directing the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days with effect from 11 pm [2200 GMT] on Monday, 30th March 2020.
“This restriction will also apply to Ogun State due to its close proximity to Lagos and the high traffic between the two States. All citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes. Travel to or from other states should be postponed. All businesses and offices within these locations should be fully closed during this period.”
While the lockdown goes into effect nearly at midnight on Monday, there is ample time to stock up on essentials. Many will be seizing this opportunity to get ready for the eventuality of life under lockdown.
However, many may see this as an opportunity to do all that they will not be able to do under lockdown. Thus, it is important to see somethings you should not do on the last day of lockdown.
Five things you should not do before a lockdown
1. Since the virus is not waiting until the lockdown commences before spreading, it is advisable to continue practicing social distancing. If you want to know how to do this effectively, see this article: Social Distancing: Why You Must Practice It And How.
Therefore, this is not the time to make one last visit to family and friends. It is also definitely not the time to hold a Lockdown Party in your street.
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2. Don’t stockpile on alcoholic beverages. Many may argue that their average alcoholic can serve as sanitisers as Isopropyl alcohol, known as rubbing alcohol, is the main ingredient in making sanitisers. Yet, it is likely that people would consume most of them.
This is dangerous at this time because consuming alcohol reduces the function of your immune system. And health experts have revealed that you stand a higher chance of surviving a COVID-19 infection if your immune system is strong.
3. Avoid hoarding essentials because you can afford it. There have been cases in many developed societies of people hoarding essentials like water and food prior to lockdown. While it is advisable to buy what you may need in the long run now, people should put others into consideration as well.
The good news is that, even during a lockdown, essentials will still be available. And while movements will be restricted and monitored, people may still be able to purchase what they need.
4. The last day of a lockdown is not the last day of your life, don’t empty your bank account. It may seem like it, but there is a likelihood that the world will not end because of the COVID-19 outbreak. But will your bank account survive it? Therefore, while you make your preparations, ensure that you are not spending all your money unless you absolutely have to.
5. Ensure you are not buying too many snacks at the expense of real food. This is important as you prepare your list for the COVID-19 lockdown. If you buy more snacks than real food, you could finish the snacks in lesser time than it will take you to finish real food.
The outcome is that you may use up your food reserve and nobody wants this.
On the last day before the Lagos State and Abuja lockdown, do not do the things pointed out above.
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