Now shell out five-times more for going maskless in Chhattisgarh
(Sourced from PTI)
The Chhattisgarh government increased the amount of penalty for maskless people from Rs. 100 to Rs. 500 for strict implementation of COVID-19 guidelines, an official said on Friday. The state health and family welfare department on Thursday issued an order to this effect under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 to contain the spread of the infection, a release by the public relations department said.
"According to the order, now a penalty of Rs. 500 will be imposed if anyone is found not wearing a mask or face cover in public places. Earlier, the penalty was Rs. 100 for the violation," it said. The state government also appealed to people to strictly follow the guidelines, including physical distancing and washing hands, apart from the use of masks, it said.
Further, in view of the sudden spike in cases, the administrations have imposed section 144 of the CrPC, which bars an assembly of four or more people, in several districts of Chhattisgarh, including Raipur, Durg, Bastar, Raigarh. Various other restrictions, including banning all kinds of religious, festive, cultural, and political programs and sports events, exhibitions and fairs till further orders, have also been announced.
Chhattisgarh on Thursday recorded the highest single-day spike of 2,419 coronavirus cases in the last four months. The state's cumulative caseload stands at 3,32,113. Of these, 3,14,769 people recovered, while 4,026 patients died due to the infection, as per official figures. The state reported 11,330 COVID-19 cases last week with most of the infections being reported from Raipur, Durg, and Bilaspur districts.