PM Bans Masks Coming Into the Country
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Dr. Minnis said ban will protect upcoming mask production businesses
Prime Minister Hubert Minnis prohibited the importation of non-medical masks to assist in the development of the local industry.
In a press statement today, the prime minister said the importation of non-medical protective face masks will be prohibited, effective 8 am on April 10th.
This ban does not apply to the importation of medical-grade masks for health care workers.
Dr. Minnis said, “The move is an effort to protect the local mask manufacturing industry that has sprung up overnight as a result of the COVID-19 virus.”
“We are working to protect and encourage small businesses and to create and promote jobs. I am happy to see so many seamstresses and tailors involved in this growing industry.”
All mask orders made before Friday, April 10th will be allowed. Proof of the date that masks were ordered is required.
Orders of 10 masks or less for personal use are also allowed.
Requests for special exemptions may be made in writing to the Competent Authority, Office of the Prime Minister.
Under the Emergency Powers COVID-19 No.2 Amendment, every person who leaves their residence must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth while away from their residence.