Mask mandate returns in Delhi in three weeks, with a Rs 500 fine for violation.
Delhi Covid 19: Those found in violation of the mandatory mask in public places rule in the midst of an increase in COVID-19 cases will be fined 500 rupees.
Within three weeks of lifting its mask mandate, the Delhi government on Friday made masks mandatory in public places with immediate effect, imposing a Rs 500 fine for any violation as coronavirus cases returned in the city.
According to an order issued by the city's Health and Family Welfare Department, those travelling together in a private four-wheeler are exempt from the new rule.
The order does not specify whether passengers in hired cabs and taxis will be required to wear masks.
The mask rule was recently relaxed, but due to an increase in Covid cases, authorities have made wearing a mask a requirement in public places.
Over 100 people were fined in Noida for not wearing masks in public places.
As reports of children being affected emerge, the Delhi government is paying special attention to schools. The Delhi government said today in a set of COVID-19 guidelines issued for schools that students and staff should not be allowed to enter schools without thermal scanning.
Students should also be advised to avoid sharing lunch and stationery items, according to the government.
The authority decided that physical education classes would continue in schools, but that SOPs would be required for better management.
There will be no ban on social gatherings, but all types of congregations will be closely monitored.
The DDMA meeting, which included Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, noted that the Covid case positivity rate in Delhi has been increasing over the last fortnight.
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The DDMA stated in its order on Friday that it made the fine decision 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 failing to wear a face mask in all public places in Delhi.