Not wearing a face mask can cost you a fine of 60,000 cedis or 10 years in prison

A new Executive Instrument, have made it possible for the government to punish recalcitrant citizens who refuse to wear face masks WHILE IN PUBLIC, and it’s no joke…


The new Executive Instrument (E.I. 164) was signed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on June 15, 2020, as part of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID -19).


The E.I makes it compulsory 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.”


Paragraph 4 (1) of the E.I. 164 states that the police have the authority to make random checks to “ensure enforcement compliance”


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While paragraph 4 (2) goes hand in hand with Paragraph 4 (1) to make sure those who are found not wearing a mask are punished under 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 a term of imprisonment not less than four years and not more than 10 years or to both”.


So the next time you step out in town, just wear a face mask to avoid all this and also to keep yourself as well as others safe.


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