President charges traders, transport operators to strictly observe COVID-19 protocols

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has asked traders at market centres, commercial transport operators and public sector workers to conduct their activities with strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols.

"The wearing of masks in these places 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, " he said.

President Akufo-Addo said this in his 22nd update on measures taken against the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.

He said severe punishments existed for persons who broke the law on the mandatory wearing of masks, saying, " Should anyone be arrested by the security agencies disregarding this directive, that person will be dealt with strictly in accordance with law.”

The President has, therefore, directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mr James Oppong-Boanuh, to ensure the rigorous enforcement of the law on mask wearing at all public places and in public transport.

He asked the Police, with support from other security agencies to close all night clubs, pubs, cinemas and beaches operating in defiance of the law.

President Akufo-Addo stated the commitment of government to ensuring the safety of the citizenry and called for responsible lifestyles.