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No fine for not wearing mask, Delhi govt issues orders

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) The Delhi government on Thursday issued an order stating that the provision to impose a penalty of Rs 500 on the general public for not wearing a face mask in public places stands withdrawn.

This comes after the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) in a meeting on September 30 decided to stop levying the penalty on not wearing a mask at public places.

However, “in crowded public places, all public are advised to wear masks”, the government stressed, says the order from the Health and Family Welfare department of Delhi Government.

“Though wearing of masks was useful in maintaining the Covid Appropriate Behavior yet it was agreed that the order of compulsory wearing of masks under the Epidemic Act may not be extended beyond 30.09.2022. Hence a Fine of Rs 500/- for not wearing masks in public places would also stand withdrawn after 30.09.2022,” the DDMA had said in the meeting.

The decision was taken amid the declining trajectory of fresh Covid cases on a daily basis in the city. The national capital recorded 107 fresh Covid cases with a positivity rate of 1.64 per cent on Wednesday, according to the data shared by the health department. No Covid-related fatality was reported in the city.

On Tuesday, Delhi had reported 141 new Covid-19 cases with a positivity rate of 2.04 per cent.

–IANS

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