The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Coronavirus has on Friday announced in a document that anyone found moving about without a face mask will be prosecuted.
The PTF also said that anyone found with a temperature above 38 C will be compelled to return home. These were part of the guidelines it released for the implementation of the phased and gradual easing of the lockdown.
“Anyone who presents a temperature of above 38 C will be mandated to return home and call NCDC for evaluation,” the statement read in part.
It added: “Anyone without a face mask/covering will be asked to return home and will be prosecuted.
“Anyone violating the curfew in a non-emergency situation will be prosecuted. Anyone attending a gathering of more than 20 people will be prosecuted.
“Any member of the public who violates the ban on Inter-State movement as outlined in this guideline will be prosecuted.”
Nigeria is currently second most impacted by Coronavirus in West Africa only second to Ghana, where about 3,000 cases have been recorded.
It was announced by NCDC on Friday evening that Nigeria has 2170 confirmed cases of Coronavirus with 351 persons discharged. 68 persons have died from the virus in the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari announced Monday evening a gradual easing of confinement measures from 4 May, but will impose a night curfew and the wearing of masks.
“I have decided to put in place gradual easing of lockdown measures,” he said in a much-anticipated television address. “We will implement a curfew between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.,” President Buhari said.
“Inter-state borders will remain closed except for basic necessities (…). We will impose the wearing of masks in public places, as well as social distancing measures,” he added.