By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
Kwara state government has emphasized on the usage of facemask in public places as the figure of infected persons with COVID-19 increased on daily basis across the country.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Raji Rasak made the emphasis at a press briefing held on Wednesday in Ilorin.
These new guidelines according to him, would take effect from Thursday December 24th, 2020.
He said appropriate use of facemask in public places is mandatory, while concert, carnival, clubbing are not allowed until further notice.
He said there shall be partial statewide lockdown between 12 am and 4:30a.m until further notice.
“Appropriate use of face mask in public places is mandatory, concerts/carnivals/Clubbing are not allowed until further notice”
“Worship centres are not to allow congregations exceeding 50% of the maximum capacity of the venue. This is to allow for physical distancing.
“Other gatherings (formal and informal) exceeding 50 people are disallowed, again, proper use of face mask in public space is mandatory. Therefore, the protocol of ‘No face mask, no entry’ must apply at all public places” he said.
He said, the civil servants are to work from their home,with exemptions of essential workers, especially those in the health sector.
He noted that virtual meetings are encouraged while there shall be partial statewide lockdown between 12 am and 430a.m until further notice.
The Commissioner urged transporters to enforce all COVID-19 protocols, including proper use of face mask by drivers and passengers.
He said appropriate sanctions would apply to defaulters as security agencies would deploy all lawful means to enforce these protocols.
“Defaulters are deemed to constitute dangers to public health. Provisions of the Kwara State Infectious Diseases Regulations 2020 shall apply to all offenders” he added.
He disclosed that there would be further communications on school resumption
He, however, said these new guidelines are subject to reviews as situations dictate.