The Ogun state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has said that anybody who fails to wear face masks in the state will be jailed for six months without mercy.
He disclosed this on Wednesday at a press conference at his office in Okemosan, Abeokuta.
The governor noted that he is invoking jail term for face mask violators based on the powers invested in him by the Regulation 7 of the Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations No. 2 of 2020 (the Regulations), made pursuant to section 33 of the Public Health Law of Ogun State (the Law).
The governor added that he was not happy with the low compliance to the use of face masks.
Abiodun stressed that moving around without facemask is a big offence in the state.
He said, “wearing of face masks in the public is now compulsory. Therefore, I hereby invoke powers conferred on me by Regulation 7 of the Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations No. 2 of 2020 (the Regulations), made pursuant to section 33 of the Public Health Law of Ogun State (the Law), to mandate the compulsory wearing of face masks by all persons in public as part of measures to prevent the rapid spread of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
“Failure to do so is punishable by up to six months’ imprisonment under Regulation 8 of the Regulations and section 68 of the Law; iv.
“Only one passenger is still allowed for motorcycles and two passengers only for tricycles; v. Taxi cabs and buses still have 60% limitation on their carrying capacity and the measure to arrest and impound any driver that contravenes this in our State is still in force.
“The COVID-19 Task Force in markets must continue to ensure physical distancing, availability of hand washing facilities, and use of gloves and facemasks for traders.
“Decontamination will continue in our markets and other public places; viii. Limitation of all gatherings to a maximum number of 20, is still in effect till 14th August, 2020.
“We have commenced the process of certifying Gyms, arcades, swimming pools, barber-shops, spas, beauty Salons, and all public parks, and golf courses including those in private residential estates with a view to reopening them in the foreseeable future.
”Event centres, bars, casinos, cinemas, and night clubs are still under lockdown. Restaurants are permitted to provide only take-away services and should also ensure that there are no more than 10-15 customers at a time with physical distancing measures in place. Guidelines for eat-in services are still being fine-tuned.
“All industries in Ogun State must continue to comply with the “Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines for Workplaces in Ogun State to Combat COVID-19” as issued by the Ministry of Health in conjunction with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investments. Therefore, testing of staff for COVID-19 in all industries in the State must be sustained.
“The Task Force set up to conduct random spot checks on the premises of the industries, restaurants and other business enterprises to confirm compliance is still in operation. 20.
“As I end this address, I thank all our frontline workers – doctors, nurses, pharmacists, medical lab scientists and indeed all health workers for their dedication towards this fight. I will continue to commend the team spirit and doggedness of our security personnel, journalists and other essential workers for their efforts to flatten the curve