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What is the penalty for not wearing a mask in public?

During his national address on the 12th of July, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a variety of changes to COVID-19 State of Disaster & Lockdown Regulations - one of which was the matter surrounding the use of a protective face mask while in public. This was discussed and a new set of rules was put in place effective immediately.

Answer: 

Anyone who fails to take reasonable steps to ensure compliance with regulations surrounding the use of face masks, be it a cloth face mask, homemade item, or another appropriate item that covers the nose and mouth, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment.

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