Amid fresh COVID-19 concerns in different parts of the country and apprehensions about a possible fourth wave of the pandemic, the Karnataka government on Monday decided to issue guidelines making wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing compulsory.
The decision was taken at a meeting headed by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai with senior ministers, officials and the COVID-19 technical advisory committee consisting of experts here, to review the situation in the state amid concerns over a possible fourth wave.
Whereas, the Covid-19 restrictions were lifted in the State since 28th Feb 2022 and the activities were opened to Public, in view of the daily low incidence of Covid cases. Currently, an upsurge of cases is observed in the States of Delhi, Haryana & Tamil Nadu. And slight increase in daily incidence of covid cases is observed in Karnataka too.
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Whereas, the above mentioned States have re-introduced the mask mandate with penalty for non-compliance. As a proactive step to minimize the upsurge of covid cases, this order is being issued as per the recommendations of State Covid 19 Technical Advisory Committee.
The wearing of face covering / mask by public is compulsory in all public places, in work places and during transport. Similarly spitting in public places will be punishable with fine, as may be prescribed in accordance with its laws, rules or regulations by the local authorities.
Further, individuals must maintain social distancing a minimum distance of 2 feet – in public places.