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Government engaging the police to address grey areas in the E.I on the wearing of facemask.

Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah says government is engaging with the police to give the Executive Instrument (E.I) a purposive interpretation when applying the law regarding wearing of nose masks.”

He said although government acknowledges a grey area in the law which had got to do with individuals in their private cars without nose mask and whether such act is punishable or not, yet, it is necessary that all persons wear their face masks.

Oppong Nkrumah, at a presser in Accra said: although some persons have described the punishment for not wearing the face mask as harsh, sanctions if not deterring enough would not ensure the level of compulsion expected.

As contained in a new Executive Instrument (E.I. 164), persons who fail to wear a face or nose mask, risk prison sentence of four to 10 years or a fine ranging GHS12,000 to GHS60,000, or both.

However, Oppong Nkrumah said, the government was open to a more flexible and purposive interpretation of the law by engaging with the police on the way forward.

Source: Nelson Adanuti Nyadror | www.diamondfmonline.com |Ghana

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