Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says wearing of face mask in public places is now compulsory in the state as part of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The governor spoke on Friday during a press conference at the Government House.
Rivers currently has 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 after six new infections were announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control early Friday.
Mr Wike added that the state’s executive council would meet to approve conditions for commuting.
He said: “The state’s security council will meet in the next 24 hours to consider and approve necessary mitigating measures for commuters, including the deployment of government buses to shuttle designated public routes free of charge.
“While we agree with Mr. President’s decision to gradually re-open the country for business, we shall be guided by the peculiarities of our state on when to relax the measures we have put in place and gradually restore business activities to the state.
“Until then, I wish to restate that we love all residents of Rivers State. Please maintain social distancing, stay at home, wear face mask in public places and stay safe.”