COVID-19: Face Mask Mandate Goes into Effect in Volta Region
The directive to wear face masks and coverings is now in effect in the Volta Region and at all essential businesses. Non-medical grade masks or face coverings are now required in order to visit the premises of any public or state agency as well as all other essential businesses such as grocery stores, malls, lorry station, etc. The order also applies to all staff members of the various MDCEs in the region as well as commercial drivers and passengers and, by inference, all such essential service providers that continue to work at restaurants and other businesses that remain open during the coronavirus outbreak.
Under the order, issued by the Volta Regional Coordinating COUNCIL (VRCC) on Monday April 27, 2020 and signed by the Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, people must cover their noses and mouths while transacting business with any of the above-mentioned agencies, and businesses may refuse entry to anyone not wearing a face mask as of Monday, April 27, 2020.
The use of masks, even non-medical grade ones, has become more widespread as health experts have found COVID-19 continues to spread because many people are infected, but are asymptomatic.
The Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Council was first to mandate that members of the public cover their faces. Masks are also being ordered to be worn in public in many other countries that have been hard hit by the pandemic.
Below is a copy of the communique issued by the VRCC: