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No masks, no social distancing: Covid-19 norms go for a toss in Balangir

25/03/2021 at 2:06 PM

Balangir, Mar 25: In spite of aggressive awareness campaigns undertaken by the government, some people are not complying with social distancing guidelines, thereby endangering public health.

Hundreds of them are throwing caution to the wind by not using sanitisers or undergoing thermal screening at crowded shops. The virus has claimed many lives in the past, but no one is worried about it.

It’s been a year since people in the state have been strongly urged to practice social distancing to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. But there are always some people who don’t play by the rules.

Depending upon the situation in their respective states, several governments in the country have increased and decreased fines for flouting Covid-19 management rules from time to time. However, people in the town can be seen not adhering to the norms.

Besides masks, other violations include spitting and consumption of tobacco in public places, violation of Covid-19 rules, not maintaining social distancing.

 The government has already made wearing face masks or covers mandatory in public places and workplaces. The guidelines are being enforced by district magistrates across the country through fines and penal action under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

Worth mentioning, The Odisha Assembly recently passed the Epidemic Diseases (Odisha Amendment) Bill, 2020, which proposes to enhance the punishment for violations to two-year jail term and fine of up to Rs 1 lakh.

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