Compulsory wearing of face masks in Abia State passed as Executive Order


FIC Report (Abia State) – The Governor of Abia State has enforced the compulsory wearing of face masks in public as he signed the Executive Order.

According to a release in his own words ‘In exercise of the powers conferred on me by paragraph 15(2) of the Abia state Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulation 2020 and other extant laws, I, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu (PhD), Governor of Abia State hereby directs:

i. All residents of Abia State and those visiting and or passing through Abia State shall wear authentic face masks in all public places such as markets, petrol stations, shops, shopping malls, event centers, bars, hotels, places of worship, educational institutions, prisons, offices etc.

ii. That all occupiers of premises where members of the public visit for commercial, ceremonial, religious, charity, and or educational purposes shall provide hand sanitizers and or running water with soap to enable visitors to these places sanitize and or wash their hands before entering the premises.’

He, however, restressed that his administration will do everything possible to safeguard the lives of every citizen and resident going by the current development in the days ahead which requires the sacrifice of all.

Continuing, the Governor said that all in the state must wear face mask and maintained that a Mobile Court has been established to arrest and prosecute offenders.

He pleaded with residents to abide with the directive to help fight COVID 19 to a standstill.