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Wear a face mask or go to prison for 10 years – President signs new Law

If you are thinking of not wearing a face mask in public then you may want to reconsider because President Akufo- Addo has signed an Executive Instrument (E.I) that will see persons who fail to wear face masks in public face a jail term of between four and 10 years or pay a fine of between GHS12,000 and GHS60,000 or both.

The new E.I. 164 was signed by President Akufo-Addo on June 15, 2020.

The mandatory wearing of face masks will be in force for a period of three months and is part of measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah has urged municipal and district authorities to ensure strict compliance to the President’s directives.

“The Executive Instrument that makes the wearing of face masks mandatory is out and 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,” he said at the Information Ministry’s press briefing on Thursday.

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