Police To Start Random Vehicle Checks To Ensure Face Mask Compliance

A police officer controls a car at a roadblock to restrict inter-city movement during partial lockdown in the cities of Accra and Kumasi to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Circle neighborhood of Accra, Ghana, March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko

Police will start random checks of vehicles with multiple persons to ensure compliance with laws on wearing face masks.

At a press briefing on Thursday, the Director of Public Affairs, Supt. Sheila Abayie-Buckman said this was the next stage of police enforcement of the coronavirus safety protocols.

“For as long as we see two or more people in the vehicles, any police officer in uniform can stop you, look at whether you are wearing your mask properly. If not, you will be brought down,” she stated.

The sanctions for not wearing face masks are contained in a new Executive Instrument (E.I. 164).

People who fail to wear face masks in public risk a prison sentence of four to 10 years or a fine ranging GHS12,000 to GHS60,000, or both.

Since the President reiterated the enforcement directives to the Inspector General of Police on January 17, 2021, police have had 961 cases of persons not wearing face masks with the Accra having the highest cases with 330.

Verbal cautions were given to 484 of the people involved and written cautions were given to 477 of these persons.

So far police have stressed that arrests will be in “rare cases” as it favours sensitisation over prosecution.

source: CNR

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