April 9, 2020, 8:32 PM

With an intention to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the city, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), on April 8, made it mandatory for citizens to wear masks while stepping out of their houses. Currently, 19 positive cases of coronavirus have been reported in Nagpur.

In a letter issued on April 8, the civic body said that wearing a mask is now mandatory even while operating one’s personal or official vehicle. No person or an officer would be allowed to attend or visit any meeting, gathering, workplace, site, roads, hospitals and markets without wearing a mask, under Rule 10 of Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.

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Violation of the order would lead to arrest and being booked under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which states, ‘disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant.’ The minimum punishment is six months of imprisonment.

The order was issued by Nagpur Municipal Corporation Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe on Wednesday. The mask can be at least three-ply or a homemade one.

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