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Face Mask, a Threat to Security?

President Akufo-Addo announced the compulsory wearing of face masks from April 20, 2020, as the government intensified strict regulations to fight against deadly novel coronavirus.

The President in his seventh address to the nation encouraged the wearing of face masks to prevent the spread of the virus.

However, security analysis have indicated face masks as a tool for hiding ones identity, often used by criminals.

A great asset to security breakthrough in identifying perpetrators is by mapping their faces, however the issue of customers wearing face mask to banks and other public places have come to scrutiny and individuals, shop owners and security experts are questioning the effectiveness of a CCTV in cases of  theft or other crimes.

Shop owners bemoaned that in these trying times detecting people with face mask is highly impossible but they have taken the social distancing protocols as a measure to control the number of people who actual enter shops.

In Banks and other cooperate institutions consumers are made to show their faces to the CCTV camera before they enter with their face masks on.

Indeed the wearing of face masks is compulsory but it may pose security threats for shop owners,households and banks.

Story By Yaw Ampofo Jr

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