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Govt takes hardline for compulsory mask-wearing

Staff Correspondent || shiningbd

Published: 18:04, 23 November 2020   Update: 18:04, 23 November 2020
Govt takes hardline for compulsory mask-wearing

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The government has instructed mobile courts to be more stringent in making masks mandatory. This was stated by Cabinet Secretary Khandaker Anwarul Islam after the virtual cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday (November 23).

The cabinet secretary said the divisional commissioners had informed him yesterday and had been reporting for the last seven days that they were conducting drives and massively fining people for not wearing masks. Several thousand people were fined yesterday. “We said to see one more week, to motivate people more. Then go to a little stronger punishment;” he added.

In response to a question, he said the fine may increase. Maybe the amount of fine is Tk 500, or Tk1000; this could be increased to Tk 5000.

That's how we said to go a little stronger way. Those who run mobile courts will also carry masks so that offenders can be given a mask instantly.

In the context of the Prime Minister's directive, the Secretary said, in any way you promote the people more and more, force the people to use masks (if need). He also said that only the medicine will not work unless people don’t use masks.