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Covid-19: Defaulters risk jail term as Buhari signs new regulations into law

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the COVID-19 Health Protection Regulations 2021 into law. According to the new legislation, anyone found to have breached Covid-19 safety protocols risk going to jail for 6 months or paying a hefty fine or both.

According to the new regulations, anyone confirmed positive by a licensed testing centre can’t refuse to be isolated in a designated isolation centre. It also prescribed physical distance of no less two metres at all gatherings and gatherings of more than 50 persons in an enclosed space is prohibited except for religious purposes.

Religious places shall only operate at 50% capacity. No establishment like markets, stalls, malls, recreation centres, restaurants etc shall allow anybody within their premises unless the person has followed all due safety protocols. Failure to adhere to these measures will lead to punitive measures.

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