Delhi, Maha scrap fine for not wearing mask

With the number of fresh Covid-19 cases being reported in the national capital being significantly low, Delhi Disaster Management Authority decided to do away with the fine for not wearing face masks in public places, sources said. The authority, however, is set to issue an advisory asking people to continue wearing face masks and follow other Covid appropriate behaviour. Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal chaired DDMA’s Covid-19 review meeting on Thursday, in the presence of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, deputy CM Manish Sisodia, revenue minister Kailash Gahlot, chief secretary Vijay Dev, Dr Randeep Guleria of AIIMS, Dr SK Singh of NCDC and Dr S Panda from ICMR, besides senior officials. There was no formal DDMA order till late night. The decision came soon after Maharashtra too lifted all pandemic-related curbs, and did away with fines for not wearing masks and mandatory double vaccination for using public transport or entry into public spaces. The relaxations come into effect from April 2, which marks the Marathi new year. Wearing of masks will now be “advised”, authorities said.

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