Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Accra, Ghana

Location:  Ghana

Event:  Mandatory Use of Face Coverings in Public

On June 15, 2020, President Akufo-Addo signed Executive Instrument 164, outlining the mandatory use of face coverings in pubic:

  • A face mask, face shield, or any other face covering that completely covers the nose and mouth is required when in a public place.
  • The police are empowered to conduct random compliance and enforcement checks.
  • A person who fails to comply with this Executive Instrument will face a fine of between Gh¢ 12,000 and Gh¢ 60,000, or a term of imprisonment of between four and ten years.
  • This Executive Instrument is effective immediately and will last for not more than three months.

Ghana has confirmed more than 12,000 COVID-19 cases, with the majority of new cases due to community transmission. While the Government of Ghana has eased certain restrictions on public gatherings, all U.S. citizens should continue to follow Government of Ghana health directives, comply with all police instructions, limit their movements to essential errands, and practice social distancing.



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