Mubarak Ansari & Sumit Singh
Pune, September 19, 2020: The state government has authorised police to impose fine on people who are found without a mask in public places. Mask is considered as a preventive measure to stop the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID19). Pune City Police today again clarified about rules for wearing mask.
Know this rule on mask-wearing
Joint Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Ravindra Shisve said police have received many complaints from the citizens. “I have directed all the police stations that if a person is driving the car alone, then wearing a mask is not compulsory. If more than one person is in the car, then it is mandatory to wear the mask. Likewise, while cycling or doing an exercise, the mask is not compulsory as there can be a breathing issue. However, people should always carry a mask while stepping out. If anybody has been wrongly charged we will refund the amount”, Shisve told Punekar News.
When you can be without mask:
1. Solo driver
2. Biker with helmet (glass down)
3. Long-distance cycling as an athlete during exertion
But to wear a mask whenever he/she comes in contact with people
When mask is compulsory
1. Leisure cycling – mask compulsory
2. Walking – mask compulsory
“Our purpose is to make people aware and sensitise them regarding use of the mask. If atleast due to fear of fine people are using the mask, it is serving the purpose. We have instructed staff to educate people and make them aware regarding the use of a mask”, Jt CP Shisve added.
Every day Pune Police collecting Rs 1.5 Lakh fine
As per the statistics, Pune city police have collected Rs 2.6 crore from 52,000 citizens for not wearing masks. Majority of the cases have been reported from Yerwada police station (2118), Kondhwa (1968), Wanowrie (1819), Hadapsar (1784). Every day about 3060 people are being penalised for roaming around without masks.
According to Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), the total number Coronavirus patients till date has reached 128,423 out of which 108,123 have been cured while 3007 have died. There are still 17,293 active patients undergoing treatment in various hospitals. It includes 961 critical patients out of which 493 are on ventilator support.