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COVID-19: Governor Speaks On Imposing Second Lockdown

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Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has disclosed that he may order another lockdown in the state if residents refuse to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols.

He made the disclosure in a state broadcast on Friday, January 22, saying that he will enforce COVID-19 protocols strictly.

The governor said he is displeased with the lack of compliance with COVID-19 protocols in the state. He said the authorities will begin to arrest and prosecute people who refuse to wear a face mask and observe social distancing.

Uzodinma said violators of the protocols risk a maximum jail term of six months or N20,000.

His 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.”

The governor also mandated businesses to provide hand sanitisers, wash handstands and test the temperature of their customers.

He said anyone without a facemask should not be permitted into any business premises. Uzodinma warned that stores, hotels, eatery or night clubs that refuse to adhere to these directives will be permanently shut down.

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