Spitting in public, not following social distancing and ditching masks to attract Rs 2000 fine

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Hefty fines for violating coronavirus rules in Delhi
Hefty fines for violating coronavirus rules in Delhi

New Delhi : A day after Delhi government increased fine for not wearing masks in public, the penalties for spitting in public, not maintaining social distancing and breaking quarantine rules have also been hiked to Rs 2000 per violation.

Earlier, the fine was of Rs 500. The new notification comes at a time when the national capital has registered a sudden spike in the number of new coronavirus cases after Diwali celebrations.

The notification was issued by the health department following the approval of Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal.

Lt Governor Anil Baijal amended Delhi Epidemic Disease Management of Covid-19 Regulations 2020, empowering ‘authorised persons’ to impose Rs 2,000 fine for violation of quarantine rules, social distancing norms, not wearing face masks and consumption of pan, gutka, etc. in public places.

On Thursday, CM Arvind Kejriwal had addressed an online press conference to notify about hiked fine on not wearing masks and Delhi's current situation of hospitals for coronavirus patients.

The national capital has witnessed a spurt in coronavirus cases since October 28, when the daily rise breached the 5,000-mark for the first time, and it crossed the 8,000-mark on November 11.