President Nana Akufo-Addo has directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to ensure the rigorous enforcement of the Coronavirus protocols.

According to him, he has asked the IGP to ensure that police officers ensure the wearing of face masks in public places.

He made this known in his Update No. 22 on Sunday night, January 17, 2021.

“In furtherance of this, I have instructed the Inspector General of Police to direct officers, men and women of the Police Service to ensure the rigorous enforcement of the law on mask-wearing at all public places and in public transport. They are also to ensure the closure of all night clubs, pubs, cinemas and beaches that may be operating in defiance of the law. They will be assisted by the other security agencies if need be,” President Akufo- Addo said.

He added that persons in market places, workplaces, and operators of public transport must conduct their activities in accordance with the hygiene and safety protocols. The wearing of masks in these places, the President said is mandatory.

Regulatory agencies will undertake random checks to ensure conformity with COVID-19 rules. Should any facility or institution fail to comply with these directives, its activities will be immediately prohibited, and appropriate sanctions applied.”

“It is important that I remind all Ghanaians that severe punishments exist on our statute books for persons breaking the law on the mandatory wearing of masks. Should anyone be arrested by the security agencies disregarding this directive, that person will be dealt with strictly in accordance with law,” he warned.