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Face mask made compulsory in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: Wearing face masks in public places has been made compulsory in Bhubaneswar. The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) issued an order Thursday evening. The decision has been taken considering a rise in Covid cases in the city recently.

The order stated, “All citizens residing within BMC area as well as outside citizens coming to BMC area or present in BMC area shall have to wear mask appropriately while moving out and while in public places.”

The residents have been also asked to maintain a social distance of two meters among themselves at all times while in public places.

Malls, shops, and store owners have been also asked to maintain a social distance of two meters within their premises. “The responsibility of maintenance of social distancing lies with the owner of the premises,” the order added.

People have been advised to maintain hand hygiene frequently and observe appropriate coughing and sneezing etiquette at all times.

The CEO, Managers, and Head of the offices of government, as well as private offices, must ensure that their employees are observing COVID appropriate behaviour in their office premises.

Any violations of the Covid order will attract penal provisions of the Odisha COVID-19 Regulations, the order stated.

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