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Omicron Scare: BMC set up teams in 24 wards to grapple flouters of COVID-19 norms

As per the revised COVID-19 guidelines, people who are found flouting the guidelines will be fined ₹500, while establishments not following the guidelines will be fined ₹10,000.

Omicron Scare: BMC set up teams in 24 wards to grapple flouters of COVID-19 norms
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In the backdrop of outbreak of the Omicron variant, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has formed 24 teams for each of its administrative wards to monitor the violations of the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Maharashtra government.

As per the revised COVID-19 guidelines, people who are found flouting the guidelines will be fined ₹500, while establishments not following the guidelines will be fined ₹10,000. In the guidelines, the state government has also made it mandatory to wear a face mask, maintain social distancing and exhibit COVID-19 appropriate behaviour.

From Monday, December 6, the civic administration will start imposing fines after it has carried out sensitization and awareness among establishments about the guidelines, said BMC officials.

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Assistant Municipal Commissioner of the BMC Sandhya Nandekar said that they have formed teams at the ward level. They will go and check private offices, malls, theatres etc.

Meanwhile, the BMC, till Wednesday, November 24, collected more than INR 78.55 crore from citizens for not wearing masks in public areas since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. On an average of wards, from April 2020 to November 24, which according to the data is said to be 603 days, 222.25 cases were registered. For which the amount of fines collected stands at INR 44701.81.

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