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    Violations lead to penalty and imprisonment

    After Ahmedabad masks are now become compulsory for the people in Vadodara. A penalty of Rs.1000 will be levied on first time violations and it will increase to 5000 on all subsequent violations.

    World Health Organization has declared the COVID-l9 outbreak as a pandemic and Government of India has directed State Government to take necessary steps to prevent and control the spread of this disease under the Epidemic Disease Act. 1897.

    The Government of Gujarat in exercise of the power conferred under Section 2, 3 & 4 of Epidemic Disease Act, 1897 has framed Regulations for prevention and containment of COVID-19.

    Several positive cases have been found in the city of Vadodara, and it is necessary in public interest to take adequate steps to stop further spread of the COVID 19. It is also observed in some studies that wearing of facial masks can reduce the spread of Corona virus substantially.

    In view of that Vadodara Municipal Commissioner Nalin B. Upadhyay passed the order of making the masks compulsory to wear in public places. All persons when in a public place within the jurisdiction of Vadodara Municipal Corporation shall compulsorily wear masks or cover their mouth and nose with a handkerchief or other loose cloth tied properly around the mouth and nose.

    A penalty of Rs.1000 will be levied on first time violations and all subsequent violations will attract a penalty of Rs.5000 in each case. Failure to pay penalty will attract prosecution under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code and provisions of the Epidemic Disease Act. l897

    The order will be effective from 13th April 2020 till further notice.

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