The Ekiti State Government has commenced enforcement of compulsory use of face masks and observation of physical distancing, with stiffer penalty awaiting defaulters to stem COVID-19 spread.
The state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi stated this in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, through the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Olawale Fapohunda.
Fapohunda said special offences court had been set up in the state where the violators would be prosecuted.
The commissioner added that apart from fines, convicted offenders would be made to undergo community service.
He said: “We are concerned that a large and unacceptable number of our people continue to believe that COVID-19 pandemic is not real. The state government is keen to correct that wrong impression. From Monday (today), the state government will begin the enforcement of these regulations.
“A number of areas that we are going to be looking at will include the wearing of face-masks as well as compliance with various physical distancing regulations, particularly as it relates to places of business, including banks, supermarkets and markets.
“Violators will be arrested and prosecuted in our special offences court. Persons who are convicted may also be required to undertake community service. That is without prejudice to other punitive measures that the presiding magistrate may decide to impose.”