The Rivers State House of Assembly has passed a law for the compulsory wearing of face mask in public places in the state.
The resolution was taken following a motion moved by the member representing Emohua State Constituency, Samuel Ogeh.
Ogeh said the COVID-19 pandemic as deadly as it is, is being undermined in Rivers State, which motivated the need for the motion to criminalize the refusal of residents to wear face masks in public places.
He commended the state and all the health frontline workers for their efforts to curb the spread but condemned the attitude of residents for not obeying the preventive measures in the state.
Speaker of the House, Ikuinyi Owaji Igbani in his submission called for the enforcement of all COVID-19 protocols, adding that not wearing a facemask in a public place is now a crime in Rivers State.
“The enforcement of the wearing of face masks in public places in the state must be sustained and implemented as passed by the House. The security agencies should collaborate with the ministry of health to enforce this in the state,” he said.
The House resolved to communicate its resolution to the Governor, Nyesom Wike.
COVID-19: Rivers Assembly criminalizes none wearing of facemasks in public