Residents of Cross River State have been ordered to wear nose masks for them to be able to move around in the state so as to curb the spread of the deadly COVID-19 disease.
The state Governor, Ben Ayade, gave the order as part of new restrictions on residents after neighbouring Akwa Ibom State recorded its first set of cases of the disease.
In a statement signed by Christian Ita, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, the no mask, no movement order would take effect on Friday, April 3.
The statement read in part: “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 freely distributed to citizens and residents alike to meet with the demand.
“Those who for one reason or the other are unable to get masks from government before the new restrictions kick in, are advised to purchase theirs from shops selling the item.”
The governor also disclosed that all public gatherings remain banned and all markets closed except food markets.
“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,” the statement concluded.