Kaduna State Government says it will begin to enforce wearing of facemasks as a critical public health measure to reduce person-person transmission.
A statement signed Muyiwa Adekeye, Special Adviser to the Governor (Media & Communication), says henceforth, “all persons that venture out of their homes for whatever reason must wear facemasks and observe social distancing everywhere they go, in markets and in authorised vehicles.”
The State Government says it is making efforts to provide facemasks for poor and vulnerable residents, and it appeals to everyone that can afford it to get their tailors to make them cloth facemasks which they can wash after every use.
The government also encourages tailors to produce facemasks for sale to those that are neither poor nor vulnerable.
Wearing of facemasks will be robustly enforced as a critical public health measure to reduce person-person transmission.
The state government said that the measures announced on 26th March 2020, to contain Covid-19 remain in force and have been renewed.
These were imposed in exercise of the powers vested in the Governor by Section 45 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, (as amended), Sections 2 and 8 of the Quarantine Act 1926, now known as CAP Q2, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and the Public Health Law of 1917.
Therefore, further to these declarations, and in accordance with the law, the quarantine orders imposed at midnight on Thursday, 26th March 2020, are further extended for another 30 days, with the following conditions, amongst others:
- All residents of Kaduna State are quarantined and must stay at home.
- No office, event centre, market, shop or business of any sort or place of worship is allowed to open;
The only category of persons exempted are workers in essential services such as health workers, the fire service, water corporation, electricity distribution and security personnel. Tankers conveying fuel to petrol stations are also permitted to move;
- Businesses in the food and pharmaceutical value-chain are exempted; and shall enjoy the protections accorded to other essential services;
- Schools, places of worship, event centres, sports grounds, bars, restaurants, public parks and all other places where large crowds could gather are to remain closed until further notice.
- Residents are advised to stay at home, observe social distancing, avoid large gatherings, wear facemasks and wash their hands regularly with soap and water.
The Quarantine Orders prescribe fines, imprisonment and forfeiture for violations of the provisions specified therein.