Governor Ben Ayade, of Cross River State has directed security men to henceforth arrest anyone who moves without face mask, starting from Friday.
The directive of the governor was directly obverse to the medical advice proffered by the World Health Organization (WHO) which said only those infected and those looking after them should resort to the use of the face masks.
“Following the proliferation of new cases of coronavirus in neighbouring states, the Cross River state governor, Sir Ben Ayade, has imposed new restrictions on residents of the state as follows;
“No citizen or resident of the state will be allowed to leave home without a face mask from Friday 3rd, April 2020; failure to adhere to this directive will lead to the arrest and quarantine of the offenders for 14 days.
“The Cross River State garment factory has been mandated to produce face masks to be distributed free to citizens and residents alike to meet with the demand,” the governor said.
He said anyone who is unable to get masks from the state government before Friday are advised to purchase theirs.
“All public gatherings remain banned, markets should remain closed except where foodstuff is sold,” the statement added.
“All exit and entry points into the state are now completely shut. No human or vehicular movement will be allowed into the state under any disguise,” Ayade noted.
The government said the harsh measures it is adopting are geared towards checkmating the berth of the disease into the state as Cross River has not recorded any case since the outbreak while neighbouring states have recorded infections.