Fine will be imposed even if mask is not worn properly: Dr Sudhakar
The penalty for not wearing a mask in public places has been hiked to Rs 1,000 in urban areas of the state while it is Rs 500 in rural areas, Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar announced on Wednesday.
“In recent times, people have been showing negligence by not wearing masks. Hence, the fine has been increased from Rs 200. The fine will also be imposed on those not fully covering their noses and mouths with masks. The fine will be imposed and collected by the jurisdictional police stations,” he said.
Among other things, no more than 50 people can attend ceremonies or gatherings.
Markets, malls and other public places cannot have more than 5 persons coming in a group. A distance of 6 feet must be maintained between the people in the group.
The minister said a special plan has been chalked out to raise awareness about Covid-19. Politicians, sports and film stars and religious leaders will be roped in to make short videos. He also urged organisations like Lions Club and Rotary Club to spread the awareness message.
Sudhakar said a video conference was held with district administrations of Mysuru, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Tumakuru, Shivamogga, and Koppala, and the officials concerned were instructed to reduce the Covid-19 positive cases in their districts.
He said buses can operate with 50% capacity, and conductors will be instructed to allow entry only to those with masks. All government employees must wear masks, or they will not be allowed to enter the office.