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Mask Mandate Returns In Delhi Within Three Weeks, Rs 500 Fine For Violation

Covid-19 mask mandate is back in New Delhi as the pandemic situation is slowly deteriorating in the national capital

Mask Mandate Returns In Delhi Within Three Weeks, Rs 500 Fine For Violation
Delhi rolls back is 'masks not mandatory' order and brings back ₹500 fine on those not wearing masks in the public as Covid-19 cases are on the rise in the national capital

New Delhi: Within three weeks of lifting its mask mandate, the Delhi government Friday (April 22) made masks mandatory at public places with immediate effect, and imposed a fine of Rs 500 for any violation as coronavirus cases rise in the city again. However, those travelling together in a private four-wheeler are out of the purview of the new rule, according to an order issued by the city’s Health and Family Welfare Department.

Also Read: COVID-19: These Cities Make Masks Mandatory Yet Again As Cases Rise In India

The order does not mention if people travelling in hired cabs and taxis will be required to wear masks. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority(DDMA) had in a meeting last Wednesday decided to make masks mandatory at public places with a fine of Rs 500 for any violation. The DDMA meeting, attended by Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal among others, had noted that the Covid case positivity rate has been increasing in Delhi over the past fortnight.

In its order on Friday, the DDMA said it took the decision on a fine after examining all relevant facts related to the issue of penal provisions for not adhering to the protocol of wearing masks in public places.

A fine of Rs 500 for not wearing of face mask in all public places in Delhi will be imposed from immediate effect till further orders, the DDMA said.

On April 2, the Delhi government lifted the penalty of Rs 500 for not wearing face masks at public places as cases were fairly under control for a few weeks before that.

As far as people travelling in private vehicles are concerned, the Delhi government has modified its rules on at least two occasions this year.

On February 4, the DDMA had allowed a single person travelling in a private vehicle to remain without masks. From February 26, however, it tweaked the rule to say that no fine for violating the mask norm will be imposed on people travelling together in a private vehicle.

Coronavirus cases and positivity rates have been on the rise for the past few days in the national capital. On Thursday, it logged 965 fresh cases and one death. A day before on Wednesday, the number of fresh cases had crossed the 1,000 mark.

Also Read: Nearly 48 Per Cent Rise In Home Isolation Cases Of Covid In A Week In Delhi: Report

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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