Ghanaians risk ten years jail term for not wearing face mask in public
London, June 19, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Any Ghanaian who fails to wear face mask could face a jail term of four to ten years according to the new Executive Instrument (E.I 164) signed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
The person found to have breach the law could also be fined GH¢12,000 to GH¢60,000, or both.
The E.I which was signed on June 15, 2020 forms part of measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID -19) in Ghana
To drive home its seriousness, the law was also gazetted on the same day and shall be in force for three months and shall apply to everywhere in the country.
It is now 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 6 of Act 1012 states that “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.”
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.
Ghana currently has 12, 929 confirmed covid-19 cases, 4448 recoveries and 66 fatalities. With 339 news cases recorded on Friday, the country now has 8, 395 active cases