One hundred and seventy nine people will have to fork out a total of $179,000 to government, as a result of the non compliance with the country’s new Public Health Ordinance law.

Acting DCP of Operations, Jayson Forde, speaking during the TTPS weekly media briefing on Wednesday, said the offenders were ticketed for not wearing their face masks in public.

On August 31st, 2020 it became illegal to venture outdoors in public spaces without a face mask appropriately worn on one’s face. The legislation was passed in the House of Representatives on August 28, 2020 and then in the Senate on August 29, 2020 to stem the spread of COVID-19 virus.

If caught breaching the mask-wearing regulation in the amended Public Health Ordinance, a person can be fined $1,000 in the first instance, $2,000 in the second instance and $3,000 in the third instance.

Failure to pay the fines can result in an increased penalty of $5,000 and three days imprisonment.