Authorities of the New Juaben South Municipality of the Eastern Region have with immediate effect instituted a compulsory wearing of nose mask as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
At an emergency meeting held on Monday, April 27, 2020, the Assembly resolved to do the following to ensure compliance with enhanced hygiene and precautionary measures:
- Wearing of nose masks within the New Juaben South Municiaplaity is mandatory for everybody.
- Commercial drivers should ensure that passengers wear nose masks before allowing them to board their vehicles.
- All agencies, institutions, private businesses are to provide veronica buckets for their staff, clients, or customers to wash their hands under running water when water is not available people are encouraged to use hand sanitizer.
- Notices of ‘No Nose Mask, No Entry should be visibly displayed at vantage points including officers, lorry stations, shops, markets, malls, banks, pharmacies, among others.
“The Assembly urges all to comply with this information. The enforcement of these directives takes immediate effect,” it said in a statement.
The total number of Coronavirus case count in Ghana currently stands at 1,550.
Eastern Region has recorded 57 of these cases.
The number of recoveries stands at 155 with the death toll of the novel disease rising to 11.
Compulsory face mask
Food vendors, commercial vehicle drivers, commuters on public transports, and every other facility accessible to the public have been subjected to compulsory wearing of nose masks, following the constant increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 in the country.
This directive was issued by the Ghana Health Service on behalf of the Minister of Health in compliance with the Public Health Act.
President Akufo-Addo in a televised national broadcast advised Ghanaians to wear face masks as a measure to prevent contracting COVID-19.
Already, as part of measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus in the country, wearing of face masks in public places has been made mandatory within the Greater Accra Region.
The Cape Coast Metropolitan Assembly (CCMA) in the Central Region will also from Monday, April 27, 2020, commence a mandatory wearing of face masks as authorities intensify the region’s efforts against the spread of COVID-19.