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BMC decides to impose a fine of ₹1,000 for citizens caught without a face mask

The BMC has decided to impose a penalty of ₹1,000 on those who step outside their houses without face masks on.

BMC decides to impose a fine of ₹1,000 for citizens caught without a face mask
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In the midst of the coronavirus, the usage of masks has been made mandatory across the country. Mumbai, similarly, had made the usage of masks a compulsion. However, several people have been observed in the city who have ventured out without the necessary protection. The BMC as a consequence has decided to impose a penalty of ₹1,000 on those who step outside their houses without face masks on.

With the surge in cases of coronavirus in Mumbai, not wearing masks while stepping out has become a health hazard. The BMC with the help of Mumbai Police has taken action against 2,076 people who have been caught without masks from March 18, till now. On the other hand, the police have also registered cases against 11,606 people for violating section 188 of the IPC. The people who are found to be violating the lockdown guidelines are to be punished under it.

As Mumbai relaxed its lockdown restrictions, several citizens in the city began to crowd the streets with large numbers of vehicles. Mumbai Police had earlier imposed the 2-km-rule on people which prohibited them to venture 2 km away from their houses except for work, or medical emergencies. The police have started cracking down the irresponsible citizens who are flouting these rules. The state government had earlier given several necessary provisions to the citizens in order for them to conduct essential work. Also, several rules have been laid down pertaining to it. However, citizens need to abide by these rules and not flout them.

As the entire country battles with the coronavirus, people are still required to observe social distancing, keep oneself clean and sanitized and to preferably not step out of the house. It is also mandatory to wear a mask while walking outside the house. Even though markets, shops, parlours have resumed operations, Mumbai Police has clarified that the place should be reached within two km. People should not be out on the streets aimlessly, and should, therefore, remain restricted to their areas.

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