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No mask in public? Cough up Rs1,000 fine from August 11 onwards

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Venturing out without a mask in public will earn you a fine of Rs1,000 from August 11 onwards. 

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Monday announced a court order that the fine for not wearing a mask will be Rs1000.

 

Earlier the fine for not wearing a mask was Rs200 it was increased to Rs500 with effect from August 1 and now it has further increased to Rs1000.

Appeal for Janmashtami

Chief Minister Rupani has also appealed to the citizens not to venture out and create a crowd during the upcoming Janmashtami. 

“Please ensure that Janmashtami celebrations don’t result in a crowd which can aggravate the spread of COVID-19. I request everyone to celebrate the festival at home and not in public,” said Rupani.

Earlier the high court while hearing a Public Interest Litigation said that it is not the duty of just one person to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

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“It is a collective duty for all of us.” It had also observed that the fine of Rs200 or Rs500 was not detrimental enough and had said that a fine of Rs1000 should be charged for first-time offenders. It also said repeat offenders should be fined Rs5000.

COVID-19 cases in Gujarat

 Gujarat has reported 1,078 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours ending 5 pm on Sunday taking the total tally to 71,064. 25 deaths were reported in the state in the past 24 hours bringing the total to 2,654.

While nine deaths were reported from Surat, five were from Rajkot. Ahmedabad and Vadodara have reported three deaths each, whereas Kutch reported two deaths. The districts of Junagarh and Mehsana have reported one death each. A patient belonging to another state also died due to COVID-19 in Gujarat on Sunday.

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