SILCHAR, April 16: As the nationwide lockdown to prevent further spread of COVID-19 pandemic entered into its second phase of 19 days since Wednesday, wearing of face covers at public places and workstations have been made compulsory across the country.
Cachar ADC Sumit Sattawan said,
"As per the directions on COVID-19 by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, along with special emphasis on social distancing, wearing of face covers by people at public places and workstations as their social responsibility is compulsory now. Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 has clear mention that anyone who, without reasonable cause fails to comply with the directions given by the Central or the State Government or the District Authority, shall on conviction, may be punished with imprisonment upto one year or with fine or both.Further, if such refusal or obstructions to comply with the directions results in loss of lives or imminent danger thereof, shall on conviction could be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend upto two years," Sattawan said.
Further, the ADC informed that as per the said directions, spitting in public places shall be punishable with fine as well.