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Man desilts gutter for failing to wear facemask.

In his 11th address to the nation on measures his administration has put in place to fight the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, President Akufo-Addo said the wearing of a mask is now mandatory. He stressed that going to town without a face mask is an offence.

'With the doctors and scientists telling us that the virus is transmitted from human contact, through talking, singing, coughing and sneezing, which results in sending droplets of the virus from one person to another, residents of these four regions, and, indeed, all Ghanaians, must remember that the wearing of masks is now mandatory,' the President said.

He added that 'leaving our homes without a face mask or face covering on is an offence. The police have been instructed to enforce this directive, which is the subject of an Executive Instrument.'

Hours after the President's directive, the Sunyani Municipal Covid-19 Task Force moved into action and ensured that every single person on the streets had a face mask on. A young man who defied the presidential directive on the wearing of face mask was made to desilt the gutter in front of a radio station in Sunyani, Ark FM

A number of people have commended the approach by the taskforce to ensure total compliance, since the virus appears to have gained grounds in the country.

'This new approach to ensure compliance is good. If you are spotted without a face mask, you will either clean the street, desilt gutter, or weed,' a shop keeper told The Chronicle.

Though some people think the punishment is problematic (because it is not backed by law), it is better than to be caned. Now discipline is returning in the Sunyani township as almost everybody is wearing the face mask.

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Publication:Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra, Ghana)
Date:Jun 25, 2020
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