Not wearing face mask in public not an offence, says Ismail Sabri

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PUTRAJAYA, April 17 — Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said it is not an offence if someone doesn’t wear a face mask in public places during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.

He said the Health Ministry had already issued guidelines and always reminded the public that only those who were COVID-19 symptomatic should wear face masks to prevent the spread of the virus.

“Those who are asymptomatic need not wear. We can’t enforce the law against anyone who is not wearing a face mask and detain or arrest them and such. There was once a supermarket manager, or security guard, who prevented a shopper from purchasing goods and such because that individual did not wear a face mask.

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“This goes beyond the law and Act. To us, it’s not an offence if you do not wear a face mask,” he said at the daily press conference here today.

He was commenting on a report about an individual who was arrested by police for not wearing a face mask at a supermarket in Selangor two days ago. – BERNAMA

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