Covid-19: Police to enforce face mask wearing in 4 regions

It is now an offence not to wear face masks in the Greater Accra, Ashanti, Central and Western regions.

Therefore, the police have been instructed to deal with those who do not wear the masks wheresoever they find themselves.

These were contained in a nationwide address by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Sunday, June 14.

President Akufo-Addo expressed concerns about the rising cases in the above-named regions.

Parts of the Greater Accra and the Ashanti Region went on a lockdown on Monday, March 30 as per the Imposition of Restrictions Act, Act 1012, triggered by the president.

With almost 7,000 cases, the Greater Accra Region leads in the number of cases in the country while the Ashanti Region has over 2,000 cases.

The Western Region, after being flagged the new hotspot region, follow with almost 1,000 cases. Its eastern neighbours, the Central Region, has so far recorded 621 cases, making it the fourth highest region with Covid-19 cases.

“It is important for me to remind residents of the Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions, where a great majority of cases have been recorded, and in the Western and Central Regions, where we are seeing an increase in infectious cases, to continue to adhere strictly to the social distancing and in-house hygiene protocols announced,” President Akufo-Addo warned on Sunday, June 14.

“With doctors and scientists telling us 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.

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“Leaving our homes without our face masks or face covering on is an offence.

“The police have been instructed to enforce this directive which is the subject of an Executive Instrument (EI).”

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana