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Now, 1-year prison for not wearing mask in Rajasthan

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April 21, 2020, 7:27 pm

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Jaipur: The Rajasthan government has imposed sections of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 that will make not wearing mask a punishable offense.. The violator can be sentenced to a maximum imprisonment of 1 year or fine.

The step has been taken keeping in view the fact that a lot of people are venturing out of their homes without wearing masks, ignoring the government’s guidelines in this regard. The government officials said that masks can play a critical role in preventing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Rajasthan chief secretary DB Gupta directed all the district collectors in the state to ensure implementation of this law.

In the order issued on Monday, the government has made masks mandatory from April 20 to May 3. All the government and police officers including district collector, ADMs, SDMs, tehsildars, sub inspectors, and revenue inspectors have been given the responsibility of ensuring compliance.

The lockdown was relaxed in several areas of the state on Monday even as the total count of COVID-19 cases reached 1535 till Monday afternoon. Two people died of the virus infection in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 25.

The state reported 57 new cases till afternoon. The highest number of cases surfaced in Jaipur. As many as 35 people tested positive in the capital city.

First published: April 20, 2020