With the spate of cases rising the country, defaulters of face mask law could languish in jail for 10 years. The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has revealed the consequences of not wearing nose masks.
Yesterday, Thursday, 18 June 2020, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah stressed the need to wear a face mask in public. Speaking at an event in Accra yesterday, he urged local authorities to enforce it. However, anyone found culpable of not wearing a face mask could languish in jail from 4 to 10 years.
Furthermore, he intimated that the Executive Instrument making the wearing of face mask compulsory is out.
Failing to wear nose mask could languish offenders 10-years in jail term
“The Executive Instrument that makes the wearing of face masks mandatory is out. While we salute the efforts of those who have already started higher levels of compliance, we want to encourage those who have not that the EI is out and they are expected as regional ministers, MMDCEs to step up enforcement within their own jurisdiction,” .
Meanwhile, Section 6 of Act 1012 highlights that a person who fails to wear it could pay a fine of about GH12,000.00. The EI also goes on to state that culprits who do not wear the nose masks could languish in jail for not more than 10 years.
“A person who fails to comply with the restrictions imposed under the Executive Instrument issued under subsection 1 of Section 2 commits an offence. The offender 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). The culprit could face a term of imprisonment not less than four years and not more than 10 years or to both.”
Amidst other changes in the Covid-19 fighting policies, more room would be created for the fight against Covid-19.
BY: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI.