No face mask, pay N10,000 - Willie Obiano

Governor of Anambra state, Willie Obiano
Emeh Joy

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 has warned that any resident who fails to wear face mask out will be fined a sum of N10,000.

The Governor made this known during a statewide broadcast. He warned traders against violating the COVID-19 rules stating that he would have the markets shut down again if they do so.

He said, "We have 69 individuals on home quarantine and two individuals in the facility-based quarantine. We shall continue to push back at this pandemic until we have reduced its presence in Anambra".

The Governor said it's an offence to be seen without the face mask. He further added that his administration was determined to enforce the law and that the government would be strict in law enforcement. He, therefore, urged the people of Anambra to comply with the provisions to avoid paying fines.

"We are ramping up our testing capacity to ensure that we slow down the spread of this pandemic in our dear state. The offence attracts a fine of N10,000 or some hours of community service", he said.

He said he had signed the COVID-19 law and that he is also aware that many churches and traders in the state had abandoned the COVID-19 precautionary measures.

"The information we received from different quarters indicate that our people have started lowering their guard on the COVID-19 protocols. I have it on good authority that traders in various markets no longer comply with the enforcement of the wearing of face masks and the washing of hands.

"I want to warn that we may consider shutting down the markets if this trend is not stopped with immediate effect", Obiano added.

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