President Akuffo Addo has cautioned Ghanaians about the wearing of face masks, noting it is now mandatory due to the sharp rise of Covid-19 cases in the country.
Addressing Ghanaians in his 11th televised update, the president said the police and other law enforcement agencies will enforce this directive through an Executive Instrument.
“With the doctors and scientists telling us that the virus is transmitted from human contact, through talking, singing, coughing and sneezing, which results in sending droplets of the virus from one person to another, residents of these four regions, and, indeed, all Ghanaians, must remember that the wearing of masks is now mandatory.”
“Leaving our homes without a face mask or face covering on is an offence. The Police have been instructed to enforce this directive, which is the subject of an Executive Instrument,” he added.
President Akuffo Addo stressed the need for Ghanaians to realise that their survival is strictly in their hands.
“Let me repeat: our survival is in our own hands. If we are lax and inattentive, we will continue to have serious challenges with the virus. If we are mindful and self-disciplined, we have it in us to defeat this pandemic and help return our lives to normalcy.”
“I appeal to each and every one of you for your help in this regard. That is the surest way to realising our collective vision of building a new Ghanaian civilization where the rule of law is not a slogan, but a directive principle of state development; where we deliver social and economic transformation that has a meaningful impact on the lives of all our people…,” he said.
Wearing of face mask was initially made mandatory in the Greater Accra Region. However, there were no significant sanctions for people who flouted the directive.