Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma, has empowered the COVID-19 committee and relevant agencies in the state Ministry of Health to arrest and prosecute anyone seen in public without a face mask.
Uzodimma also warned against any gathering od more than 50 persons anywhere in the state.
The governor also issued an executive order to hotels, supermarkets and stores operating in the state to provide hand sanitisers, wash handstands, and to test the temperatures of customers before they are granted entrance.
Uzodimma, who read the riot act in a broadcast Friday evening, announced the setting up of four Mobile Courts, two in Owerri and one each in Orlu and Okigwe Zones, to try those that violate the COVID-19 protocols.
He said, “Imo State COVID-19 Committee and relevant agencies in the Ministry of Health, have been empowered to arrest and prosecute anyone seen in public without a face mask. Such offenders when convicted, would be liable to a maximum jail term of six months or N20,000 in lieu.
“In the same vein, the Executive Order further provides that any gathering of more than 50 persons anywhere in the state, is an offence. The conveners of such gatherings also risk six months in prison or N20,000 in lieu.
“All hotels, eateries, supermarkets and stores are by the Executive Order, compelled to provide hand sanitisers, wash handstands, test the temperature of their customers and insist on a face mask before admitting them into their premises. Failure to adhere to these directives, such stores, hotels, eatery or night clubs, will be permanently shut down.
“In addition, the proprietors will be prosecuted. These measures, equally apply to all forms of religious gatherings, marriages, funerals and markets.”