Wearing masks made mandatory in Ganderbal, Bandipora
Ganderbal: The administration in Ganderbal and Bandipora on Friday made wearing masks or facial cotton covers mandatory for the people of central Kashmir district.
Ganderbal and Bandipora are only two districts in Kashmir which are not among Red Zone areas declared by the government recently.
In an order, a copy of which lies with GNS, the deputy commissioner Ganderbal Shafqat Iqbal underlined that it was mandatory to adopt all possible measures and precautions for saving people from exposure to COVID-19.
“Covering mouth and nose at all times helps prevention of transmission of this virus,” he said, adding, “Mouth and nose should be covered by facial masks or any other available piece of cotton cloth which may even include a properly folded or rolled cotton duppata, handkerchief or any such material that acts as a protective cover.”
Subsequently, the Deputy Commissioner ordered that it shall be mandatory for the people in the district to use masks and facial cotton covers, especially in public places and areas.
“Any person found violating the order shall be punished on spot with a fine of not less than Rs500/-(Rupees five hundred only),” the order added.
Meanwhile, the Administration in Bandipora also made wearing of face mask mandatory in all public places as per an order issued by Deputy Commissioner Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza.
“In exercise of powers vested in my under section-34 of Disaster Management Act,2005, I hereby order that wearing of masks in all public places, government offices in district Bandipora shall be made compulsory, ” reads the order. “Anybody found without wearing masks shall be dealt under law”.
DC Bandipora said for the universalization of use of masks, more than three lac cotton masks have been distributed in the district to ensure that general public use the asks to contain the spread of virus.