Govt gets tough on use of face masks

Staff Correspondent

27 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government has warned that stern legal action will be taken against those who do not use masks while venturing out, in an effort to contain the coronavirus transmission.

“The government is repeatedly instructing people to use masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus. However, there’s laxity among many about wearing masks. Stern legal action will be taken against those who don’t wear masks outdoors,” said a PID handout on Monday.

It also suggested that all use two masks if necessary.

Earlier in July last, the government made it mandatory to wear face masks for all while going outside.

Punitive measures were taken through conducting mobile court drives across the country to ensure the use of masks.

As the coronavirus infections started to decline in the last quarter of 2020, mobile court drives were drastically reduced and people became reluctant to wear masks.

The government once again came with fresh 11-point directive and strengthened mobile court drives as the coronavirus infections started to rise from the 2nd week of March.

Later, the government imposed an apparently relaxed nationwide lockdown for one week from April 5, which was later extended until April 13.

As per the suggestions of health experts, the government enforced a stricter lockdown from April 14 to April 22. Later, another gazette notification was issued extending the shutdown by one week to April 28.

Meanwhile, the government has once again extended the lockdown by another week until May 5.

The government also closed borders with India for 14 days from Monday as the coronavirus situation has taken a dangerous turn in the neighbouring country.

According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 97 more people died from coronavirus in the last 24 hours till Monday, raising the national death toll 11,150.

Some 3,306 infections were reported during the period to push the total cases to 748,628.