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Ho: Municipal Assembly deploys task force to enforce wearing of nose masks

The Ho Municipal Assembly has announced the deployment of a task force around the municipality to ensure strict adherence to the wearing of nose masks in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This was disclosed in a statement released by the HO Municipal Assembly and signed by its Acting Municipal Information Officer, Richmond Abake.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo encouraged Ghanaians to wear facemasks wherever they go, as part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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Nana Akufo-Addo gave the advice in a televised address to the nation on Sunday, 19 April 2020, via which he also lifted the three-week-old partial lockdown in Accra, Tema, Kasoa and Greater Kumasi due to the country’s ability to undertake aggressive contact-tracing of infected persons.

The President said as “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. 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 shopkeeper, a food seller, please do well to use a mask”.

However, despite the president’s directives, some persons still walk about without wearing a nose mask.

According to the Ho Municipal Assembly, “due to the non-adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols especially wearing of face masks, the Public Health Emergency Management Committee,” will effective Tuesday, 9 June 2020, deploy a “task force comprising of officials from the municipal assembly and security forces” to ensure “the compulsory wearing of mask within the municipality.”

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The statement reminded the public that “it’s an offence to move in town without a mask (which is a government health directive) and would attract a fine of not less than GHS20 as contained in the fee fixing schedule of the Ho Municipal Assembly bye laws.”




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