Lagos State Government, on Tuesday, warned residents who refuse to wear facemask in public of risking a one-year jail term.
The state government gave the warning in a tweet.
It stated that failure to wear a mask in public contravenes the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Prevention) Regulations or Criminal Laws of Lagos State.
According to the tweet, “Did you know? Failure to wear a face mask in public or breach of any COVID-19 regulations, you can be prosecuted under the Lagos State Infectious Diseases (Prevention) Regulations or Criminal Laws of Lagos State and upon conviction liable to imprisonment up to one year.”
Lagos State, which is the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, has witnessed a recent spike in the rate of infections.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has also been in isolation for over a week after contracting the disease.
Lagos State, which is the commercial capital of Nigeria, recently announced the closure of recreational centres and schools while worship centres are expected not to exceed 50 per cent of their capacity at any given time.
All civil servants below grade level 14 were also asked to work from home while all schools have been shut.