Delhi, Mumbai & more states make masks compulsory

Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha and Mumbai made the wearing of face masks mandatory for people stepping out of their homes.

In the Union territory of Jammu & Kashmir, the mandatory masks rule announced was limited to officers, staff and visitors to the Civil Secretariat, while in the UT of Ladakh it applied to the general public as well as officials, including armed forces personnel, and violation was made a punishable offence.

The new orders have been issued under Rule 10 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897. The Delhi government announced its move after a meeting chaired by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. In UP, not wearing a mask or face cover will involve a penalty, the details of which are being worked out .

From April 9, it will be mandatory for people in Odisha to wear masks while stepping out of their homes. MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan made wearing masks compulsory too.

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