The penalty for not wearing a mask in public places has been hiked to Rs 1,000 in urban areas of the state while it is Rs 500 in rural areas, announced Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar.
It has been seen that many aren’t wearing masks and ones who are, aren’t wearing them properly.
From October 7, Rs. 1000 fine would be collected in Belagavi as well as per the note released by the Commissioner of Police.
Fine will be imposed even if mask is not worn properly, that is the mask must cover the nose and the mouth.
Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr K. Sudhakar said that the decision has been taken after careful consideration of recommendation by the senior officers. The official directive on the penalties will be out on Thursday, after discussing the same with the Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa.
The government has also decided to take strict action against the people who gather more than 50 people in any public events.