No mask? Pay Rs 1,000, says Minister Dr Sudhakar

Strict actions against organisers if more than 50 people gather at events

Bengaluru, 30 September 2020:

The penalty for not wearing a mask in public places has been hiked to Rs 1,000 in urban areas of the state while it is Rs 500 in rural areas, announced hon’ble Medical Education Minister Dr K. Sudhakar.

Speaking to media persons after a high-level meeting with officers on Wednesday, he informed that the decision has been taken after careful consideration of recommendation by the senior officers. The official directive on the penalties will be out on Thursday, after discussing the same with the Chief Minister Shri B S Yediyurappa, he said.

In recent times, people have been showing negligence by not wearing masks. Hence, the fine has been increased from Rs 200. The fine will be imposed on those not fully covering their noses and mouths with masks. The fine will be imposed and collected by police stations in each area, he said.

No more than 50 people can attend social, religious, political gatherings as well as weddings and other cultural ceremonies. Actions will be initiated against the organisers or owner of the organisation if more people are found gathering.

Markets, malls and other public places cannot have more than 5 people in a group. A distance of 6 feet must be maintained between the people in the group. If found otherwise, fine will be imposed the owner of the organisation/shop.

The Minister said that a special plan has been chalked out to raise awareness about Covid19. Politicians, sports and film stars, religious leaders will be roped in to make short clips of videos. Along with this, he added, Covid19 can be contained further if members of welfare organisations, Lions Club, Rotary Club among others, join hands with the Government to create awareness among people.

A total of 15 districts in the state have been recording more than 10% cases. A meeting via video conference was held with district administrations of Mysuru, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Tumakuru, Shivamogga, and Koppala, he informed. On the occasion, instructions were issued to the DCs, DHOs and other officials concerned to reduce the Covid19 positive cases in the districts. A similar meeting will be held with the rest of the districts in the days to come, Dr Sudhakar informed.

Buses (public transport) can operate with 50% capacity. Conductors will be instructed to allow only those with masks into the buses.

All government employees must wear masks. They will not be allowed to enter the office if they are found without their masks. This will be followed strictly in all government officers.

City Today News



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