A day after Bengaluru’s civic body, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) issued strict guidelines for solo motorists to wear masks inside their cars, Karnataka health minister K Sudhakar on Wednesday clarified that such a rule wouldn’t be in place.
However, Sudhakar urged motorists and bikers to continue wearing masks.
The earlier BBMP order had received a lot of flak as many took to social media to express their displeasure over marshals penalising solo drivers for not wearing masks inside their cars.
People are seen fighting with the BBMP Marshals, refusing to pay fine when caught for not wearing a mask. Please wear masks!@XpressBengaluru@NewIndianXpress @santwana99 @shibasahu2012 @vinodkumart5 pic.twitter.com/9nRPU5bOJG
— Meghana Sastry (@MeghanaSastry) October 28, 2020
According to the order, irrespective of whether a person is alone in a car, or has the windows opened or closed, they must wear a face mask. The same applies to two-wheeler riders and also pillion riders.
— ತರ್ಲೆ 𝒯𝒽𝒾𝓂𝓂𝒶 (@BLRrocKS) October 28, 2020
In its order, the civic body states that the positivity rate for coronavirus infections in Bengaluru has come down to 9% in October, compared to 12.79% in September. The civic body said that in order to maintain the trend and keep the number of COVID-19 cases low in the city, there was a need to strictly enforce COVID-19 norms like wearing masks and maintaining physical distance.
In addition to marshals and traffic police personnel who are enforcing COVID-19 guidelines, the BBMP has also formed ward-level committees to monitor and enforce these norms. The ward committees will have a BBMP assistant engineer, a health inspector, a ward marshal and a police officer appointed by the Police Commissioner. These ward committees will be monitored by Divisional Committees. There will be 198 ward committees, 27 divisional committees and eight zonal committees that will monitor the divisional ones.
A fine of Rs 250 will be imposed for violating norms like not wearing masks or failing to maintain physical distance.
(With inputs from The News Minute and Asianet Newsable)