President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in his 11th address to the nation on COVID-19 on Sunday, June 14, 2020, declared the wearing of face mask now mandatory.
According to the President, leaving home without a face mask or a face covering on is now an offence and he added that the police have been instructed to enforce the directive which is the subject of an executive instrument.
“…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,” President Akufo-Addo said in his address.
However, a report by Graphic Online indicates that people who fail to wear face masks in public would be committing an offence that carries a prison sentence of four to 10 years or a fine of GH¢12,000 to GH¢60,000, or both.
“This was contained in a new Executive Instrument (E.I. 164) signed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on June 15, 2020, as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID -19,” the report stated.
The Executive Instrument, which makes it mandatory for people in the country to wear face masks in public, shall be in force for three months and shall apply to all parts of Ghana.
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