As the Coronavirus cases in India continues to grow rapidly, it is now mandatory in Ahmedabad to wear face masks. The order was issued by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. Failure to wear masks will be slapped with a fine of Rs 5,000 or a three-year-imprisonment, an official informed. Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nehra informed that the order has been issued under the Epidemic Diseases Act and is aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus.
“All persons when in a public place within the jurisdiction of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation shall compulsorily wear masks or cover their mouth and nose with a handkerchief or other loose cloth tied properly around the mouth and nose,”As per the Order
The order further said that first-time offenders will be fined Rs 1,000 while subsequent violations will attract a penalty of Rs 5,000. Penalty of Rs 1000 will be levied on first-time violations. Subsequent violations will attract Rs. 5000 in each case. Failure to pay penalty will attract prosecution under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code and provisions of the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897.
The order will apply to all those venturing out in public places, including hawkers, shopkeepers, and others. Several other cities including Delhi and Mumbai have already made it mandatory to wear a face mask in public when stepping out. Notably, Ahmedabad has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Gujarat.