The Governor of state Mr Olushola Sanwo-Olu took to his twitter handle yesterday to announced thatmany of the mortuaries in the state are now over congested due to the lockdown and Lent period, a situation that has lessened the rate of burial in the state for the last 2 months.
The Governor tweets:
Today, I gave an order that families who have corpses of loved ones in our mortuaries have 2 weeks to pick the bodies for funeral so as to decongest our facilities.
For about two months, there have been no funerals in Lagos due to the Lent period and restrictions of #COVID19.
You can hold funeral ceremonies in Lagos State as long as you comply with the requirements that we have outlined, which are as follows: the total number of persons at the funeral, including officiating religious leaders, must not exceed 20; appropriate physical distancing must be maintained at the funeral ceremony, all attendees/mourners must use masks and ensure they wash their hands after the ceremony.
There also must be NO receptions or parties to accompany these funerals.
Be rest assured that as long as these directives are fully complied with, funerals will be allowed and encouraged to take place.
If we are unable to see a decongestion of the mortuaries across the State in the next two weeks, the Lagos State Government will be compelled to carry out mass burials to achieve this. We do not want to be forced to do this, which is why we are asking for your cooperation in this regard.