April 9, 2020, 12:57 AM

With more than 700 cases out of 1000 COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra have cropped up in Mumbai alone, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) made wearing masks in public places compulsory for people residing in Mumbai.

BMC chief Praveen Pardeshi on Wednesday said research suggested that facemask could substantially reduce the spread of COVID-19. Pardeshi said even a homemade mask will be allowed in the absence of a regular mask and those who don’t comply with the rule would be punished under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

He further said, “All persons will be moving for whatsoever purpose and under whatever reason authority in public place, like street, hospital, office, markets must be wearing three-ply mask or cloth mask compulsorily. These masks may be standard mask available with the chemist or even homemade washable masks and can be reused after proper washing and disinfecting them.”

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