Penalty for not wearing masks in Karnataka's urban areas increased; Pay Rs 1,000 as fine

South India

The Karnataka government on Wednesday decided to increase the penalty for not wearing mask in public places.


Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Wednesday announced that the penalty for not wearing a mask in public places has been hiked to Rs 1,000 in urban areas of the state while it is Rs 500 in rural areas.

Earlier it was Rs 200 in urban areas and Rs 100 in rural areas

This decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar. The decision would be ratified at Thursday’s Cabinet meeting.

According to him, the decision has been taken after careful consideration of senior officers' recommendation.

“The official directive on the penalties will be out on Thursday, after discussing the same with Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa”, K Sudhakar said.

The fine will be imposed on those not fully covering their noses and mouths with masks.

As per the report, not more than 50 people can attend social, religious, political gatherings as well as weddings and other cultural ceremonies. Actions will be initiated against the organisers or owner of the organisation if more people are found gathering.

The Minister said that a special plan has been chalked out to raise awareness about COVID-19.

"Politicians, sports and film stars, religious leaders will be roped in to make short clips of videos. Along with this, COVID-19 can be contained further if members of welfare organisations, Lions Club, Rotary Club among others, join hands with the Government to create awareness among people," he said.

With 8,856 new coronavirus cases reported across Karnataka, the total exceeded the six-lakh mark on Wednesday. Karnataka is now the third worst hit state in the country.


With inputs from Agency

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