Covid-19: FG Dishes Out New Measures And Offenders To Be Imprisoned

Following the different measures that had been put in place to fight against the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, President Muhammadu Buhari had signed the Coronavirus Disease Health Protection Act on Tuesday 26th January 2021.

Following a report from The Punch newspaper,  highlights of the new re-enforced regulations had been revealed:

1. The regulation affects markets, malls, supermarkets, shops, restaurants, hotels, event centres, gardens, leisure parks, recreation centres, motor parks, fitness centres or any other similar establishments.

2. Usage of face masks, hand sanitisers or washing of hands, as well as temperature checks are compulsory at these places. 

3. Any person found to have a body temperature above 38 degrees Celsius shall be denied entry and advised to immediately seek medical attention.

4. At all gatherings, a physical distance of at least two meters shall be maintained at all times between persons.

5. No gathering of more than 50 persons shall hold in an enclosed space, except for religious purposes, in which case the gathering shall not exceed 50 per cent capacity of the space.

6. Operators of commercial buses shall ensure adequate spacing between passengers and ensure frequent cleaning and disinfection of parts of the vehicle frequently handled by passengers and drivers.

7. Any person who contravenes the provisions of the regulations is punishable by a fine or a term of six months imprisonment or both in accordance with Section 5 of the Quarantine Act.

8. The regulations are subject to changes by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 on the recommendation of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

9. Persons confirmed to have tested positive to COVID-19 by an NCDC accredited laboratory, may not refuse isolation and or admission to a designated health establishment for management of the disease.

10. Personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Nigeria Immigration Service, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, and other relevant Local Government, State and Federal Government agencies are hereby directed to enforce the provisions of these Regulations.

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