Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, has announced that the use of face masks by individuals while in public in the state is now mandatory.
Governor Sanwo-Olu made the announcement while providing an update on the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the state at a press briefing in Marina on Saturday.
According to the governor, the state had started the massive production of face masks for distribution to residents, adding that the distribution will commence on Sunday (today).
He said: “Face masks like I did mention earlier in the week will now become compulsory that we must wear at any gathering. We are currently producing millions of these face masks from our various tailoring companies and it presents a great opportunity for businesses to contribute to COVID-19 (containment) and it is also a task for them to good of their businesses and to end some money.
“Once we collect the first batch which I think will be coming in tomorrow or next, we will start distributing to our citizens free.”
Governor Sanwo-Olu noted that the face masks may not be able to reach every individual and, therefore, called on the private sector assist the state government by making the provision of the essential protective materials to Lagosians.
“Everything cannot go round everyone and that’s why I want to appeal to members of the organised private sector to please patronize first these local manufacturers for distribution to the members of their staff,” he said.
Lagos State has recorded the highest number of cases, with 689 confirmed cases and 19 deaths reported as of Saturday, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The state currently has 548 active cases.