Kuwait Vows to Jail Those Who Don’t Wear Face Masks

A Kuwaiti passenger wearing a face mask arrives at Kuwait international airport. EPA
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Kuwait has warned that those failing to don the protective face mask will be jailed and a hefty fine will be imposed.

This news comes as the country struggles to bridle the spread of the coronavirus.

The Health Ministry has urged people to wear the masks in public places, saying those who will not comply face up to three months in prison and a fine of a maximum 5,000 dinars, Kuwaiti media reported Monday.

The penalties will be meted out under a recently amended law to protect public health.

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Kuwait has recently seen a rise in COVID-19 cases, prompting the government to impose a total nationwide curfew currently in force until May 30.

People are allowed to go out daily for two hours exercising within their residential areas while wearing masks and observing social distancing.

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