COVID19: Niger state govt. restates compulsory use of face mask, violators risk arrest

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Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello

Niger State Government has reiterated the compulsory use of face mask in the State for every one that must step out of his or her house.

The State Government warned that violators will be prosecuted.

A statement by Mary Noel-Berge, Chief Press secretary to the store governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, further explained that supermarkets, corner shops and bakeries are allowed to operate as essential service workers, while restaurants will only be allowed to operate on take away service basis.

According to the statement, they are, however, to avoid overcrowding while provisions are made for hand washing items and sanitizers at their entrance.

Strict monitoring will be done by government to ensure compliance.

The statement further said that under this phase of lockdown, Citizens are only allowed to use the neighborhood markets for restocking on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays and not to move from one market to the other, while the restriction on vehicular movement still stands on lockdown days.

Movement within border areas remain restricted and monitored except those on essential services while inter State movement of people and vehicles remain banned, the statement added.

The statement revealed that the State Government has started repatriating the Almajiri children that are not indigenes of Niger State to their States of origin, following the agreement of Northern States Governors’ Forum to evacuate Almajiri children to their home States in view of the risk they are exposed to.

All those eligible to cross into the State will be examined and screened thoroughly by medical personnel.

The State Government warned that those who illegally enter the State will be quarantined for fourteen days and prosecuted.

The State government is not leaving any stone unturned in containing the spread of the deadly Coronavirus that has brought the world to its knees while calling on the people to passionately support its efforts.

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