COVID-19: Ogun To Imprison Face Mask Violators For Six Months

Dapo Abiodun Ogun State Governor OnoBello

The Ogun State Government has said that severe punishment will be meted out for residents moving around without a face mask.

Ahead of the Eid-el-Kabir (Ileya) celebrations, Governor, Dapo Abiodun, during a briefing on Wednesday, said flouting the order can earn such persons up to six months imprisonment under an extant Regulation and State Law.

He also noted that the state will not be celebrating owing to COVID-19 restrictions which discourages large gatherings, whether for prayers or partying.

“We will all therefore have to celebrate solemnly with our families, as the Almighty Allah (SWT) grants us the grace to celebrate more Ileyas in our lifetime,” Abiodun said.

“All current measures and restrictions will remain in place for the general public.

These include: 10 pm-4 am daily weekday curfew; total weekend lockdown; transport sector restrictions; decontamination and physical distancing; restaurants’ takeaway service allowance; measure compliance by industries; and wearing of facemasks, which if flouted is punishable by up to 6 months’ imprisonment under an extant Regulation and State Law.” part of the statement released read.

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