Mask mandate comes back in Delhi, violators to be fined Rs.500

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) noted that the positivity rate of COVID-19 infection has increased  the National capital. An order issued by the South Delhi district indicated that the Delhi Capital's Covid  positivity rate had increased during the previous two weeks.

Those travelling together on personal four-wheelers, however, will not be subject to the fine, it was added. Due to an increase in cases, the DDMA increased the fine amount to Rs. 2,000 in November 2021.

This was eliminated entirely following a resolution made by the DDMA at its meeting on March 31, 2022, after it was reduced to Rs. 500 in February of that year. With increasing cases, the Rs. 500 fee was reinstated as of April 22.

Although still in effect, enforcement of the mask requirement had slowed as a result of the less dangerous Omicron virus type emerging and the relaxation of limits, according to officials.

Three squads have been organised by the South Delhi District Magistrate to enforce the wearing of face masks in public places policy.

Tehsildars from the relevant sub-divisions will supervise the teams' work and keep an eye on the enforcement process. They will also report daily to the district's Coordination Branch on the number of challans issued.

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