A new Executive Instrument (E.I 164) in Ghana has made it compulsory for everyone to wear face mask in public or risk a maximum of 10-year jail term.
The law, which has been signed by President Akufo-Addo came into force June 15, 2020.
Those without face mask risk being incarcerated between four and 10 years or will pay a fine of GH¢12,000 to GH¢60,000, or both. The E.I was passed as part of measures to minimise the spread of the COVID-19.
The new E.I. makes it mandatory for people to “wear face masks, face shields or any other face covering that covers his or her nose and mouth completely when the person is in public or leaving or returning to his place of abode.”
Section 4 (1) of the E.I. 164 states that the police have the authority to make random checks to “ensure enforcement compliance”
According to Section 4(2) of E.I 164, any person who fails to comply with the mandatory wearing of nose masks shall be punished in accordance with Section 6 of Act 1012.
Per Section 6 of Act 1012, “a person who fails to comply with the restrictions imposed under the Executive Instrument issued under subsection 1 of Section 2 commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not less than 1,000 penalty unit (Gh¢12,000) and not more than 5,000 penalty units (Gh¢ 60,000) or to a term of imprisonment not less than four years and not more than 10 years or to both.”
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Source: Daily Mail GH