Tag Archives: face masks

FG to prosecute any Nigerian without face mask in public, releases guidelines for combating COVID-19

The Nigerian Federal Government has announced that anyone found outside his or her home without a facemask will be prosecuted.

This was disclosed in a document by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Friday, as part of the guidelines it released for the implementation of the phased and gradual easing of the lockdown.

The five-page document which was signed by the PTF Chairman and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, also noted that anyone found with a temperature above 38ºC will be mandated to return home.

“Anyone who presents a temperature of above 38ºC will be mandated to return home and call NCDC for evaluation,” the statement read in part.

It added: “Anyone without a face mask/covering will be asked to return home and will be prosecuted.

“Anyone violating the curfew in a non-emergency situation will be prosecuted. Anyone attending a gathering of more than 20 people will be prosecuted.

“Any member of the public who violates the ban on Inter-State movement as outlined in this guideline will be prosecuted.”

President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered the lockdown in Lagos and Ogun states, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as part of measures to curb the spread of the disease.

He, however, announced in his broadcast on Monday that there would be a gradual easing of the lockdown in the three cities from May 4.

The PTF has, however, urged Nigerians who do not have any important reason to be out, to stay indoors as the fight against the COVID-19 is yet to be over.

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION, IMPLEMENTATION GUIDELINES FOR CONTAINMENT OF COVID-19

Further to the pronouncement of Mr. President in the broadcast of Monday, 27th April,
2020, in which he directed the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to provide implementation guidelines on the new measures to control COVID-19 pandemic, the following are hereby issued for:

General Information to the Public;

Guidance to States and Security Agencies; and

Description of the types of activities allowed under Phase 1 (4th -17th May, 2020)

SECTION I: GENERAL INFORMATION ON NEW COVID-19 MEASURES

Following improvements in the multisectoral response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
pandemic, the Federal Government of Nigeria has decided that there will be a phased and
gradual easing of the lockdown in Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Federal Capital
Territory (FCT) effective from Monday, 4th May, 2020.

The easing of the lockdown will be characterised by the following enforceable actions:
• The mandatory use of non-medical face mask/covering for all persons while in public
spaces. Latex hand gloves should not be worn except for specific medical purposes;
• The mandatory provision of handwashing facilities/sanitizers in all public places;
• All interstate travel is prohibited except for essential travels & services, such as:
transportation of agricultural products, petroleum products, relief items, goods,
commodities related to the COVID-19 response and persons on essential duty;
• Mass gathering of more than 20 people outside of a workplace is prohibited;
• There will be controlled access to markets and locations of economic activities;
• Mandatory temperature checks will be conducted in public spaces;
• Social distancing of 2 metres must be maintained between people in workplaces and other public spaces;
• Retention of the ban on all passenger flights;
• Religious gatherings are still restricted; and
• Mandatory supervised isolation of person(s) arriving from outside the country for at least 14 days.

General Rules and Regulations

• Anyone who presents a temperature of above 380C will be mandated to return home and call NCDC for evaluation;
• Anyone without a face mask/covering will be asked to return home and will be prosecuted;
• Anyone violating the curfew in a non-emergency situation will be prosecuted;
• Anyone attending a gathering of more than 20 people will be prosecuted;
• Institutions that fail to comply with these protocols and guidelines will be prosecuted; and
• Any member of the public who violates the ban on Inter-State movement as outlined in this guideline will be prosecuted.

SECTION II. PROTOCOLS FOR CONTAINMENT OF COVID-19

Activity Recommendations & Obligation of Operators

PHASE 1 4th -17th May 2020

Curfew Imposition of overnight curfew nationwide from 8pm to 6am

General movement

i. May go out for work, to buy necessary foods and for exercise
ii. Movement between LGAs (except metropolitan areas) is strongly discouraged unless for critical reasons such as healthcare and work
iii. Avoid unnecessary contact with people
iv. Mandatory use of face mask/coverings in public

Inter-state travel
(Across State borders)
All inter-state travel for supply chain & services allowed, such as: goods, agro-products with a limited capacity of accompanying personnel, petroleum products, relief items, supplies, construction supplies, registered courier services (DHL, FedEx, etc) and security services

Intra-state travel (public transport- buses, tricycles, taxis)
(Within State borders):
i. Ensure provision of hand sanitizers to all passengers
ii. Reduce occupancy to half for buses (maximum 50% of usual occupancy)
iii. Mandatory Use of face mask/coverings
iv. Mandatory temperature checks
v. Taxis to carry only 4 persons (driver and 3 persons)
vi. Tricycles to carry only 3 persons (driver and 2 persons)
vii. Daily motor park sanitation
viii. Travel should be between 6.00am and 6.00pm

Bus stop/motor park

i. Provide hand washing facilities
ii. Maintain social distancing
iii. Mandatory Use of face mask /coverings
iv. Mandatory temperature checks
v. Provide hand sanitizers and hand washing
vi. Should only open between 6.00am and 6.00pm

Agriculture & Rural development

i. Mandatory use of face masks and social distancing
ii. Persons above age of 65 years and those with underlying chronic illness e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure are advised to remain at home
iii. Trucks bearing agricultural and animal products to be allowed easy passage
iv. Companies involved in food processing can commence operation
v. Ensure provision of hand sanitizers and hand washing facilities

Construction sites (large and small), Public Works

i. Limit number to maintain social distancing
ii. Construction of critical roads to resume
iii. Waivers to be provided by State Govts to enable movement
iv. Mandatory use of face masks/coverings
v. Provide hand sanitizers and hand washing facilities
vi. Open between 6.00am and 6.00pm

Banks and other financial institutions

i. Ensure provision of hand sanitizer to all employees and customers
ii. Limit staff physically working in the office to between 30% to 50%
iii. Limit number of customers to allow social distancing
iv. Mandatory Use of face mask/coverings
v. Encourage online banking
vi. Mandatory temperature checks
vii. Open between 8.00am and 2.00pm

Manufacturing and Pharmaceutical industries, pharmacy shops

i. Ensure provision of sanitizer and hand washing facilities
ii. Limit staff working to between 30-50% to maintain social distancing
iii. Shift work is encouraged; pharmacy shops may remain open overnight
iv. Mandatory use of face masks/coverings

Government offices /other corporate offices and entities

i. Ensure provision of hand sanitizer to all employees and customers
ii. Limit staff physically working in the office to between 30% to 50%
iii. Government staff limited to essential workers and those from GL 14-17 on Monday/Wednesday/Fridays
iv. Limit number of customers to allow social distancing
v. Mandatory use of face masks/coverings
vi. Encourage work from home policy
vii. Mandatory temperature checks
viii. Offices to open between 8.00am and 2.00pm

Neighbourhood Markets

i. Ensure provision of sanitizer and hand washing facilities
ii. Control entry to reduce number to ensure social distancing
iii. Mandatory use of face masks/coverings
iv. Temperature checks
v. Local authorities to determine date and time for opening of the neighborhood markets not more than 3 times a week
vi. Warehouses to open on neighbourhood market days to serve shops
vii. Abattoirs to open three days a week
viii. Ensure strict sanitation compliance
ix. Time of opening 8.00a.m. – 3.00p.m.

Supermarkets

i. Ensure provision of sanitizer and hand washing facilities
ii. Limit number of customers to allow social distancing
iii. Mandatory use of face masks/coverings
iv. Ensure handwashing
v. Mandatory temperature checks
vi. Open 8.00a.m.-3.00p.m.

Restaurants

i. Not open to the public, encourage home delivery
ii. To remain closed to eat-in, until further evaluation
iii. Allow social distancing always
iv. Eateries to practice the takeaway system
v. Open 8.00a.m.-3.00p.m.

Clubs, Bars, Beer Parlors, Gardens, etc

i. To remain closed
ii. The use of recreational parks, communal sports, concerts, social parties, movie theatres are suspended until further notice

Academic institutions and Social engagements

i. All schools to remain closed till further evaluation
ii. Schools are encouraged to continue with e-learning and visual teaching

State Governments and Security Agencies are enjoined to ensure effective and strict enforcement of these guidelines.

The level of compliance with these guidelines will be reviewed in 2 weeks before additional guidelines for phase 2 is issued.

(Signed)
Boss Mustapha
Secretary to the Government of the Federation

Ogun State makes face mask compulsory, violators to spend 14 days in isolation centers

The Ogun State Government says the compulsory wearing of face masks in public will commence in the State on Friday, 1st May, warning that violators will spend 14 days in any of the State’s Isolation Centres and made to perform community service.

The State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun who stated this during a press briefing held at his Iperu home, said that about two million face masks would be made available and given to those on essential services and people who could not afford it.

The Governor, while giving an update on the COVID-19 situation in he State, said the State currently has 29 confirmed cases out of which 6 have been discharged, adding that the rise in number was due to the increase in the State’s testing capacity.

“We are working against the spread of this COVID-19. As from May 1, it will be compulsory for everybody in the State to wear face masks. We deliberately delayed enforcing it so that our people can have enough time to get their own. After May 1, anyone who fails to wear a face mask will be viewed as deliberately planning to infect others and will be arrested and put in our isolation centres”.

“Some of our confirmed cases are immigrants coming to our State through the land borders. The peculiarity of Ogun State put us at a vulnerable position. That means that just as we have advantages, we also have some disadvantages.”

He said the State has made testing booths available in border towns and highly populated areas for people, saying that the Intensive Care Unit, ICU at the 250-bed hospital at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, was ready for use, while the Molecular Laboratory for testing COVID-19 patients has been inspected by officials of the NIgeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC and the World Health Organisation, WHO.

Prince Abiodun appreciated the frontline medical personnel for a job well done, saying that Government would review their allowances and other working conditions to make them more effective.

While warning that Government would not hesitate in prosecuting purveyors of fake news, for causing anxiety in the society, the Governor allayed the fears of the people, saying adequate measures have been put in place to secure their lives and property.

He informed that the second phase of food distribution to the poor, vulnerable and elderly, would commence soon, as lessons learnt in the first phase would come in handy.

Governor Abiodun called on Muslims to use to Ramadan period to pray for solutions to the pandemic, saying that it was the responsibility of all to work against community spread of the disease.

COVID-19: Edo govt. announces two new cases, makes use of face mask in public mandatory

Edo state government on Monday confirmed two new cases of coronavirus in the state, bringing it to a total of 11 persons who have tested positive.

The State Deputy Governor and Chairman, Edo State Response Committee on COVID-19, Comrade Philip Shaibu, disclosed this while briefing journalists on activities of the committee.

He disclosed that a total of 235 persons who had contact with the infected persons are currently being tracked.

He explained that samples from the 61 persons so far taken for test, 11 came out positive, and 50 negative.

Shaibu who debunked rumours in social media that the state has no ventilators at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital, said that the Hospital which has been converted exclusively to fight infectious diseases, has 28 ventilators.

He added that the state government donated three ventilators to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH).

Edo State Coordinator of World Health Organisation (WHO), Faith Ireye, emphasised the need for staying at home and observing social distancing at public places.

“From the confirmed cases and contacts that we have seen, we found out that they walked into the coronavirus.

“The last case, who’s two of the relations tested positive, it was friends, one came from Italy, another from UK, that he had relation with, that is where he got it.

“Those have gone back to Italy and UK, and they left the disease with us. So, self-distancing is very important. If everybody is doing self-distancing and people are staying at home, we won’t have more cases,” she said.

As part of measures put in place to curtail the spread of coronavirus, the Deputy Governor announced that all major markets in Benin, the state capital, would be shut for one week, with effect from 12 midnight of Tuesday, April 8.

He said the decision was taken to make way for a proper fumigation of all markets, as part of measures put in place to tackle the coronavirus.

Shaibu who explained that the traders will be relocated to designated public primary and secondary schools fields within the vicinity off those markets pending the fumigation of the markets, added that the government decided to take the middle course instead of a total closure.

According to him, only 50 dealers in foodstuffs will be accommodated at each of the temporary markets while the rest of their colleagues will have to wait till April 15 when the markets re-open after the fumigation.

“Only the fumigators will be given access to the markets for the duration of the exercise. It is only the sale of food items that will be allowed at this temporary markets. The traders will have to be relocated to allow for a proper job of fumigating the markets,” he said.

Shaibu who announced that other measures put in place to check the spread of COVID-19, include the mandatory use of face mask by anyone who must leave his house for any destination, added that violators would be dealt with according to relevant law.

While encouraging everyone to procure facemasks, he said the state government has encouraged garment makers in the state to mass-produce it to make it affordable to the masses.

COVID-19: Aba can produce 10m face masks, hand gloves, sanitizers in 2 days-Sam Hart

There is a rising alarm about the face masks, hand gloves and test kits which China has donated to some countries. Reports have shown that some of these items are contaminated with Covid 19, and warnings have been coming that Nigerians should desist from using the ones donated by Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma.

The Director General, Abia State Marketing and Quality Management Agency has said that Aba artisans can produce 10 million face masks, hand gloves and sanitizers in two days for Nigerians.

Hart was responding to a telephone interview with Jungle Journalist Media Limited.

He said that in the light of the current demand for these items, Abia State Government has already directed that these items be produced for these of health workers in the state while plans are in place to mass produce for the use of Abians. He also said the quality of the items meets the best international standards.

The DG argued that Nigeria does not need foreign products of may kind to battle coronavirus, but has willing hands in the local industry who can deliver in record time and also deliver the best quality materials.

Hear him;

“The governor commissioned 10 thousand face masks, hand gloves, and sanitizers to be distributed. His priority for now are the health workers in the front, who have to be the first respondents, so that those people are not exploded to disease while responding to calls. This period we are getting a lot calls, even prank calls. We have a special line which people can call.

“And the health workers have to respond. We have 722 health centers in Abia State, and each of them have four to five workers, totaling about 8000.

“These masks are not supposed to be used for too long, maybe after three days you dispose of it and wear another one. So they are our first priorities for now and masks, sanitizers and hand gloves have been locally produced, and they have been tested and ascertained to be of the best quality globally.

“We have reusable and disposable face masks which were all produced in Aba, we also have hand sanitizers produced by our people here.

“Aba can meet the demands of Abia State, Aba can meet the demands of Nigeria in terms of local production. Incidentally, I am a member of the National Support Group for this Covid-19, and I am heading the local products subcommittee. Part of what we are doing there is to find people who can produce materials locally in time of emergency.

“Aba can produce 10 million face masks. Remember that there are 200,000 artisans in Aba. 10 million is 200,000 times 5,000 each person, and you get 10 million. 5,000 is less than what they produce in day. So in two days, the 10 million masks, hand gloves and sanitizers will be ready”, he said.