- People who fail to wear face masks in public would be committing an offence
- This offence could land you in jail for up to 10 years
-This was contained in a new Executive Instrument (E.I. 164) signed by President Akufo-Addo
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A new Executive Instrument (E.I 164) in Ghana has made it compulsory for everyone to wear a 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 on 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.
The E.I. 164 has also vested power and authority in the police 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.
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A person who fails to obey the new directive will be committing an offence 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.
The president revealed the list in his address to the nation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in Ghana and the measures that are to be taken to curb its effects.
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