Assam Additional Director General of Police (law and order) GP Singh urged the citizens to wear masks in public places as the positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to surge in the country.
The top cop also mentioned that not wearing masks in public places is a punishable offence under the Disaster Management Act 2005.
“Reiterating need to wear face mask while moving into public space. For your own safety, and for safety of everyone else. It’s mandatory in accordance with National Directive for Covid 19 Managemnt. Non adherence is punishable as per law,” tweeted Singh.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs on April 15th, 2020 issued revised consolidated guidelines for the second phase of the lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The Ministry stated that wearing of face mask is now compulsory in all public places and workplaces. Spitting in public places shall be punishable with a fine.
Assam Police also urged the citizens not to step out their homes unless it is for an emergency. The State Police force also issued several helpline numbers to assist the senior citizens and those stranded in other states in times of lockdown.
Assam Police also appealed to the public to follow social distancing norms and proper hygiene standards to break the transmission of COVID-19.
Assam Director General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta also said that only vehicles having permits would be allowed to ply and strict legal action would be taken against lockdown violators.
Meanwhile, Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna, said that lockdown will be strictly enforced in the state. The lockdown period has been extended to May 3rd, 2020.
“People are requested to follow them diligently and to avoid coming out of their homes except for medical emergencies,” Krishna tweeted.
“There are reports about individuals coming out with vehicles without valid reasons with empty cylinders and outdated prescriptions etc. Thus @AssamPolice has been directed to verify the genuineness and seize such vehicles if found breaching the current lockdown guidelines,” he added.
Five districts in Assam as has been identified as COVID-19 hotspot districts with cluster by the Union Health Ministry. The districts are: Golaghat, Nalbari, Morigaon, Goalpara and Dhubri.
Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi appealed to the leaders and mentors of different socio-religious, cultural and sports organizations to impress upon their followers and members to strictly adhere to the extended lockdown period of novel coronavirus pandemic.
Mukhi said that the lengthening of the mandatory stay-at-home period to 40 days has been necessitated to contain and control the spread of coronavirus in the country.
The Governor while appealing to everybody to remain inside and not to venture out unless it is extraordinarily an emergency situation.
“If the coronavirus situation spins further out of control, it will take a heavy toll on the human and economic health of the state as well as the country,” Mukhi said.
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