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Uganda Introduces New Law, Anyone Found Without a Face Mask To Be Arrested For 2 Months

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Health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has warned Ugandan that anyone found in public without a Face Mask will be arrested for 2 Full Months. Same applies to people who make public gatherings or travel on Boda Bodas.

Dr Aceng made the announcement while addressing the nation on the health ministry’s efforts to combat the Coronavirus pandemic and she revealed that the ministry had issued new statutory Instruments on public health rules to be used to control the spread of COVID-19.

Whoever is found breaking the new rules according to Dr Aceng, is liable, on conviction, to imprisonment not exceeding two months.

While addressing the press on the status of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country on Friday evening, Dr Aceng said the new statutory rules will be place for the period of the lockdown.

“A person who operates a place or who conducts any activity or event specified in subrule (1) commits an offence and is liable, on conviction, to imprisonment not exceeding two months,”– Aceng warned.

Activities marked subrule (1) according to Dr Aceng include operating bars, night clubs, discotheques and cinema halls, prayers in open and closed spaces, seminars, workshops, conferences and cultural related meetings, concerts, gym and massage parlors and pre primary schools.

Other activities include those that were suspended by the president such as schools, house parties, kikuubo, trading non food items, and operating in shopping malls.

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