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The Compulsory Nose Mask Dilemma and How It's Affecting Our Beautiful Ladies

KwaminaDextro 06/29/2020

Let me share this personal encounter with you. As a public service provider, I happened to be on duty recently when two beautiful light-skin ladies walked into my office. And as protocol will have it, they rightly wore nose masks before entering into my office. I must confess, they had very nice designer nose masks on.

Being the nice gentleman I am, I warmly welcomed them to my office and inquired of their mission. After a few interactions, I had to direct them to another office as they were in the wrong office.

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When we stepped outside of the building, one of them out of fatigue removed her nose mask to speak to her friend, and a sight of disgust greeted me. The inner lining of her nose mask was totally messed up. Her lipstick had painted her nose mask. I went like; “GUSH, That’s really nasty”.

Lipstick has been a necessary wardrobe accessory for ladies, particularly because it adds some glow to the appearance of a woman. In the Western World, putting on make-up and a lipstick is very essential, especially for corporate women.

Before the whole world was hit by the dreaded novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), lipsticks of different colours and shades were put on display on the lips of ladies everywhere. However, the story is different now as the world has been taken over by COVID-19. And as a measure to help protect ourselves from contracting the virus, we have been advised to put on nose masks, particularly in public places.

It is particularly an issue of concern for ladies who put on lipstick on a daily basis as the nose mask has become a compulsory accessory for the next three months in Ghana. 

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14 days ago, the President of the Republic of Ghana through an Executive Instrument (E.I. 164) announced that it is an offence not to wear a nose mask in public. Anyone who fails to wear a nose mask in public would be committing an offence which is punishable with a prison sentence of between 4 to 10 years; or a fine of between GH¢12,000 to GH¢60,000, or both. This new Executive Instrument was enacted as part of measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID -19).

E.I. 164 shall be in force for three months and shall apply to all parts of Ghana. And paragraph 4 (1) of the E.I. 164 gives the police the authority to make random checks to “ensure enforcement compliance”.

With this new directive, it has become very uncomfortable to put on lipstick as a lady, as you are only putting it on, only to clean it up with the inner lining of your nose mask when you wear the protective garment.

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I won’t be far from the truth if I say that lipstick and nose masks are not the best of friends. Indeed, we are not in normal times.

By: Kwamina DEXTRO

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