No nose mask, no entry into Kumasi biz district -Mayor orders
The Mayor of Kumasi, Osei Assibey Antwi, has ordered that nobody enters the Kumasi Metropolis without observing the presidential and World Health Organisation (WHO) protocol of wearing a nose mask in a bid to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“No nose mask, no entry into Kumasi,” he has ordered, and explained that one would have to put on the nose mask before entering Kejetia, the Central Business District and the Kumasi Central Market.
The KMA boss gave the order when the Adumhene, Baffour Agyei Kesse IV, accompanied him at the head of security personnel to visit the Central Business District of Kumasi to assess the public’s adherence to the social distancing and nose mask wearing protocols.
Osei Assibey hinted that the Assembly’s security guards, headed by the military, have been directed to enforce the social distancing protocol in the Central Business District, which is mostly congested.
He said also that security personnel had been directed to ensure that members of the public adhere to the directives of the president, WHO, Ghana Health Service, and Ministry of Health.
Osei Assibey Antwi said drivers of commercial vehicles and their mates must ensure that passengers they carry to the city are in their nose masks, and that drivers who breach the directives would face sanctions, including processing for the courts.
He condemned the practice where people hang their nose masks around their chin or keep them inside their bags and pockets, and said that was not enough to complement national efforts at containing the dreadful COVID-19.
He urged the public to properly adhere to the protocol of wearing nose masks and ensure social distancing, as well as regularly washing hands with soap under running water.
The Mayor commended the media for the role in educating the people on the safety measures against contracting and infection of the novel Coronavirus in the metropolis.
The Adumhene, Nana Baffour Agyei Kesse IV, admitted that traditional rulers also had a role to play in the sensitisation on the virus and the enforcement of the presidential directives, and advised colleague chiefs to take pains to ensure compliance with the presidential directive by their subjects.
Nana Baffour Agyei Kesse IV entreated the public to observe the social distancing and the nose mask wearing protocols, and hinted that he and his elders would periodically embark on checks.