Following the numerous coronavirus cases recorded, the government of Ghana is considering legal options to mandate the wearing of the nose or face masks as a preventive measure to tamp down the spread of the deadly disease which has as at least claimed 24 lives, the Minister for Information has announced.
According to the Information Minister, the legal options when introduce would see to it that people strictly comply with personal preventive protocols, which include the wearing of face mask.
Speaking at a press briefing on Thursday, May 14, Oppong Nkrumah said the government was also in discussion with various stakeholders to roll out post restriction of measures to ensure the safety of Ghanaians.
The Minister disclosed “government considers that in the coming weeks it will need to outline a gradual plan for post restrictions ear. Pursuant to this, the President has commenced engagements with various stakeholders on safety measures that can allow the easing of restrictions without compromising the health of the population”.
“He has already engaged with the Association of Ghana Industries on potential measures for workplace safety. The industry has volunteered some measures which could be made compulsory at workplaces and these measures are currently under review.
“The president has also commenced engagements with the education community on potential post restriction measures that will allow reopening of schools while protecting students, faculty and non-teaching staff,” he added.
“The sports community has also presented proposals on potential easing approach which could still protect the population. Faith based organisations have also presented proposals on how religious activities could be re-allowed while protecting the population,” he said.
Mr. Oppong-Nkrumah added that President Akufo-Addo had also engaged with the transport sector on how to ensure more compliance and safety on more public transport.
He added that “there are also legal options that are also being considered to ensure stricter enforcement of personal preventive etiquette including the wearing of a mask.”
“Hopefully those legal options should be announced soon,” he said.
The Information Minister expressing gratitude to the various stakeholders made it advised: “the fact that you are being consulted doesn’t mean that the proposals that have come from you have been accepted or that the restrictions have been amended or lifted currently.”
He seconded that “Restrictions remain in full force and culprits will be arrested and prosecuted”.
Source: Daily Graphic