The Greater Accra Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has with immediate effect ordered a mandatory wearing of face masks by all persons in the capital.
In a press statement signed by the Regional Minister, Ishmael Lamptey, the directive is to ensure compliance with the President's directives on Social Distancing and the wearing of face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At a meeting held on April, 22 REGSEC agreed on “Mandatory wearing of face masks in the Greater Accra Region by the General public.”
In addition, REGSEC has directed “all commercial bus drivers to ensure that all their passengers wear face masks before being allowed to board their vehicles.”
“Temporary ban on all “Special Market Days” in the Region”.
"The enforcement of these directives takes immediate effect,” the statement said.
This follows President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo call on all Ghanaians to wear face masks.
"Like the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently advised, I want to encourage you to wear a mask wherever you go, as it will help you not to contract the virus, and keep it clean," the President said in a televised address on Sunday, April 19, 2020.
"If you own a business, or are providing a service, i.e. a barber, a hairdresser, a tailor, a taxi driver, a trotro driver and his ‘mate’, a shop keeper, a food seller, please do well to use a mask. The Ministry of Health will very soon issue guidelines on face masks for public use".
There is also to be the installation and use of Public Address systems by MMDAS in markets to educate traders on the mandatory face mask-wearing, social and physical distancing and other directives by the President.
Notices of “NO FACE MASK, NO ENTRY” should be visibly displayed at vantage points including offices, lorry stations, markets, malls, banks, pharmacies among others.
Education and Sensitization on face mask-wearing, social and physical distancing by the various MMDAs in their respective jurisdictions.
Read the full details of the press release below: