Rs 2,000 fine for not wearing mask in Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Rs 2,000 fine for not wearing mask in Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal
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NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 19: Owing to the rise of COVID-19 cases in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced that the fine for not wearing a mask has been raised to Rs 2,000.

Addressing a press conference after an all-party meeting to discuss the COVID-19 situation in Delhi, Kejriwal said, “In Delhi, a large number of people are wearing masks but still some are not wearing them. A fine of Rs 2,000 will be imposed on anyone who is found not wearing a mask at a public place. Till now it was Rs 500. If you wear a mask, there are fewer chances of people contracting COVID-19. I appeal to all religious, social organisations and political parties to distribute masks.”

Kejriwal also appealed to people to celebrate Chhath Puja at home as allowing celebrations for the festival may cause a spike in coronavirus cases.

“We want our brothers and sisters to celebrate Chhath Puja very nicely. Please celebrate but if 200 people enter into a pond at a time, and even if just one of them has COVID-19, all of them will contract the infection. This is also the opinion of experts. We should celebrate this time at our home. Several governments have also banned this,” he said.

“You can imagine that COVID-19 will be spread on a large scale. So, celebrations are not banned. What is banned is the entering of a large number of people in a pond or river at once. Let’s celebrate at homes,” the Delhi CM added.

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