Some personnel of the Ghana Armed Forces Police and the Ghana Police Service have begun forcing people who refuse to put on nose masks to sweep and clean gutters at the Agbobloshie Market.
The development is to get all citizens who step out to put on nose masks as a way of limiting their risk of contracting the Coronavirus, Power FM’s Daakyehene Ofosu Agyeman reports.
He says the security personnel are scanning through ongoing vehicles for defaulters to be dropped off and be punished. The uniformed men direct persons without masks to either sweep or clean gutters.
Wearing of nose masks in public is compulsory in Ghana as the country tries to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases. President Nana Akufo-Addo who announced the order last month also directed the police to enforce it.
As at 10 am, about 50 persons, including some traders without nose masks had been ordered to sweep and clean gutters in and around the market.
The military and police say they are enforcing the compulsory wearing of nose mask law.
This comes at a time the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has also engaged Zoomlion Ghana Limited to disinfect and clean-up various markets in the Greater Accra region.
The exercise is part of the ongoing second phase of the nationwide disinfection of markets across the country.