The Greater Accra Regional Security Council (REGSEC) has with immediate effect made the wearing of face masks in the capital mandatory.
A press statement by REGSEC said the directive issued on April 22, 2020, is to ensure compliance with the President’s Directives on Social Distancing and the wearing of face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additionally, commercial bus drivers are to ensure that all their passengers wear face masks before being allowed to board their vehicles.
“Notices of “NO FACE MASK, NO ENTRY” should be visibly displayed at vantage points including offices, lorry stations, shops, markets, malls, banks, pharmacies, among others,” the statement said.
“The enforcement of these directives takes immediate effect”.
The REGSEC has also imposed a temporary ban on all Special Market Days in the Region.
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.
The directive comes three days after President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo encouraged 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”.