If you thought it was strict of authorities in Delhi to impose a Rs2,000 fine or those in Gwalior to assign mandatory “volunteer” hospital duty on those found not wearing a mask, think again. Himachal Pradesh will now either fine you Rs5,000 or send you to jail if you violate these rules to keep COVID-19 infections at bay. Residents and tourists in the state now have to be even more precautious, as they can be arrested without warrant, sent to jail for up to eight days or be fined Rs5,000 for not wearing a mask in public places (or both).
The state police has invoked a new provision under the Himachal Pradesh Police Act of 2007, authorising cops in Uttarakhand to get strict and take action against violators.
“…Any person found not wearing the mask or contravening the directions of the government shall be liable to be arrested without a warrant,” said Himachal Pradesh Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu. “On conviction, such a violator shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to eight days or fine up to Rs 5,000 or both.”
COVID-19 restrictions in Himachal Pradesh
Keeping in mind the rising cases of coronavirus cases in the state, a night curfew from 8pm to 6am has been imposed in Shimla, Mandi, Kangra and Kullu.