President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has extended the Executive Instrument on the compulsory wearing of face mask by Ghanaians in public to December 14, 2020.
According to him, the wearing of the mask would become the new normal in the country until the disease which has caused so much havoc to the world disappears from the Ghanaian society.
“On Monday, 14th September, I extended, by Executive Instrument, the mandatory wearing of face masks by another three (3) months. So, until 14th December 2020, the wearing of masks remains mandatory,” he said.
The President announced the extension of the wearing of the face mask on Sunday, September 20 in his 17th Covid-19 Update to the nation.
He noted that the law enforcement agencies would ensure strict adherence to the law and has therefore urged all Ghanaians to wear the mask at all times.
“So I urge each and every one of us to wear our masks and do so correctly anytime we leave our homes. It is the new normal requirement of our daily existence until the virus disappears “the president added.
Wearing of Face Mask mandatory in Ghana
President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo in his 11th Covid-19 address to the nation on June 15 announced that per an Executive Instrument, the wearing of face mask was mandatory for all Ghanaian.
With the E.I in place, all Ghanaian were supposed to wear the face masks when leaving home to avoid either contracting or passing on the disease to others, failure to do so becomes an office punishable by law.
Punishment for not wearing a face mask
As punishment for failure to wear the face mask, an Executive Instrument (E.I. 164) signed by the President on June 15, 2020, said offender would be fined a minimum and maximum of 12000 cedis ($2000) and 60000 cedis ($1000) or serve a prison term of four and 10 years respectively.