Corona Pandemic

Wearing of face masks being ignored widely

Md Esaraf Hossain

15 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Wearing of face masks being ignored widely

Pedestrians and bus passengers are not wearing face masks, defying government’s instruction for its mandatory use amid the coronavirus pandemic. The photo was taken from Natun Bazar area on Sunday. – SUN PHOTO

Health guidelines for fighting the Covid-19 pandemic are widely being ignored in almost all places of the country though new infection and death cases are reported every day.

Wearing of facemasks especially is being ignored everywhere from rural areas to urban areas.

Passengers of different public transport refrain from maintaining such guidelines. Many are travelling without facemasks.

People are not wearing facemasks in the capital and many other parts of the country, posing a high risk of spreading the pandemic disease further.

People continue to ignore instructions for wearing facemasks and maintaining other health guidelines while going outdoors.

The agencies responsible for executing the government instructions for maintaining health guidelines still lack efforts.

People without facemasks are found travelling on footpaths and on buses while people without masks are usually found at shops and kitchen markets in busy areas in the capital and elsewhere.

People are still gathering around tea-stalls at street corners, shopping malls and other places in the capital and elsewhere in the country as they are hardly bothered about the deadly virus.

According to global and national health experts, maintaining social distancing is one of the most important easier ways to stay safe in this unprecedented pandemic situation.

Lack of proper monitoring and mass awareness are blamed for the widespread flouting of health protocols.

Amid the second wave of the Covid-19 outbreak in December last, mobile courts adopted a hard line on the facemask rule violators in the capital and elsewhere in the country.

Mobile courts comprising executive magistrates and law enforcers through conducting separate operations had mobilised the people, including pedestrians, bus passengers, motor bikers, rickshaw-puller and shop-keepers to wear facemasks.

The courts also gave punishment to many people without masks on the face in such a deadly pandemic.

The field administrations were also directed to take appropriate measures for enforcement of the law and conduct massive awareness campaign to make people follow the health guidelines properly particularly about wearing masks.

“If the people come to know that some people are being punished through mobile courts in transport, markets and other places for not wearing masks, they will become aware of it,” police said.

On November 16, last year, the government asked the administration to strengthen the mobile court operation and enforce laws to ensure the use of masks to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

The government in October last introduced ‘no mask, no service’ policy in all the government and private offices.

The government has also issued an instruction to all the offices and institutions, saying that masks must be used in all institutions, haats, markets, shopping malls, schools and social and religious gatherings.

On November 19, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina renewed her warning that the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is imminent in the country and asked all to wear masks.

On March 24, last year, Bangladesh imposed a nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The government authorities declared a ban on passenger travel via water, rail and on domestic air routes from March 24 while all public transport on roads from March 26 to check the spread of the virus.

Bangladesh Railway authorities have also suspended all local, commuter and mail train services across the country until further notice.

The government also decided to suspend all domestic commercial flights as part of efforts to encourage people to stay home to contain the corona outbreak.

The closure of all educational institutions in the country has been extended until February 28 this year from March 31, last year.