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.
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.”
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.”