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Not wearing a mask in trains and Railway premises will attract a fine of INR 500

This is the latest in a slew of measures that the railways has taken to ensure compliance of the various COVID-19 protocols issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Affairs to restrict the spread of the virus.

Not wearing a mask in trains and Railway premises will attract a fine of INR 500
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On Saturday, April 17, Indian Railways has announced that anyone found not wearing face masks at railway premises, including trains, will be fined INR 500.

The order has been issued in light of the rising COVID-19 cases across the nation.

According to an official statement released by the railways stated that this measure will be implemented with immediate effect for a period of six months till further issued in this regard.

In view of the COVID-19 situation, it is important to maintain hygiene and also penalise people that are still not following COVID-appropriate behaviour. 

The mandatory use of masks and the fine will now be listed under the Indian Railways (Penalties for activities affecting cleanliness at Railway Premises) Rules, 2012, which also has the provision of fines for those found spitting on rail premises, it said.

"One of the specific guidelines is to wear masks in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for movement of trains as brought out by Indian Railways on May 11, 2020, says that it should be advised to all passengers that they shall be wearing face cover/ mask at entry and during travel," order issued by the railways said.

In order to prevent spitting and act of similar nature and also to ensure wearing of face masks/face cover by all persons at railway premises (including trains), fines (up to INR 500) under Indian Railways (Penalties for activities affecting cleanliness at Railway Premises) Rules, 2012 shall be imposed by railway officials authorised for this purpose, from persons not wearing face mask/ cover, read the statement.

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