Face Masks Mandatory For At Least Six Months, Even After Vaccines: CM Uddhav Thackeray

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Pune, December 20, 2020: Wearing face masks is important for at least six months even after vaccines are available in the market, stated Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in his address on social media on Sunday afternoon. It is anticipated that Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) vaccines will be rolling out in the market from next month onwards, however, it can take a year at least to reach the last person. Therefore, experts have also advised that everyone including vaccinated people should continue wearing face masks and maintain social distancing norms so as to curb the spread of the virus.

“We have to follow the safety measures to avoid contracting coronavirus,” said the minister. Even the union health minister Harsh Vardhan has stated that even if the vaccine is available, a face mask will be mandatory. “Therefore, in my opinion, you have to wear a mask for at least six months,” said Thackeray.

The minister thanking the abiding citizens stated that even though by law, night curfew can be imposed in the state; he has avoided doing so. Around 70-75 percent of people have followed the COVID-19 instructions properly, but it is also important for the remaining citizens to abide by the norms so as to bring the spread of infection under control. COVID-19 situation in Maharashtra has been brought under some control to some extent, although not completely. Every citizen should follow the COVID-19 prevention norms, stated Thackeray.

While addressing the citizens, Thackeray also stated that many people are asking to stop the tests of passengers coming from foreign countries, to which the minister said isn’t possible. “We are taking all the necessary measures to handle the situation. We are cautiously making progress in improving the situation. I am again requesting all citizens to wear masks whenever stepping outside and practice all the safety norms for prevention,” said Thackeray.