Ghana imposes heavy fine, imprisonment on citizens who fail to wear a face mask


The Ghanian government has imposed a hefty fine or a prison sentence against persons who refuse to wear a face mask, instituted by the country’s parliament to fight the spread of  Covid19.

The new Executive Instrument (E.I. 164) signed by President Akufo-Addo, made it an offense for refusing to wear a face mask in public.

The punishment for the said offense is a prison sentence of four to 10 years or a fine of GH¢12,000 ($2,000) to GH¢60,000 ($10,000) or both.

The Nation’s Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has urged heads of local government units across the country to enforce the wearing of the nose masks in their respective jurisdictions.

He said that citizens have a collective responsibility and interest to wear them to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“The virus does not discriminate either on religious, tribal, economic, political or social status. It can affect anyone and if you have underlying health conditions, it can worsen your health condition leading to death” he said.

However,  a cross-section of Ghanaians are unhappy with the new regulation describing it as too harsh.