The federal government and Islamabad capital territory administration took a decision and mandated all the city residents to wear a face mask when out in public places. The ones failing to comply with the order will be fined Rs 3000.
On Sunday, the federal government declared to set the SOPs of wearing a mask as masks in public were made mandatory for all residents. Whoever fails to abide by the rules will face a penalty of Rs 3000. For this purpose, Hamza Shafqaat the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Islamabad said, “As per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health, the use of [face] masks in Islamabad has been deemed mandatory and the district administration will strictly implement it. Those citizens who are observed to be not covering their faces will be fined.”
اسلام آباد میں تمام عوامی جگہوں پر ماسک پہننا /منہ ڈھانپنا اب لازم قراردیدیاگیا ہے۔ مارکیٹس،عوامی مقامات مساجد،پبلک ٹرانسپورٹ،لاری اڈہ،گلیوں،سڑکوں، دفاتر میں چیکنگ ہوگی۔ مجسٹریٹ تین ہزار تک جرمانے اور دفعہ 188 تعزیرات پاکستان کے تحت جیل بھی بھیجا جا سکتا ہے https://t.co/meI0kcjkU5— Deputy Commissioner Islamabad (@dcislamabad) May 31, 2020
Mr. Hamza further said that they are working on ensuring sufficient availability of masks in Islamabad. They distributed around 0.2 million free masks in the federal capital. Also, they are controlling under section 144 of the criminal procedure code to ensure to give everyone access to buy masks at an affordable price and bound to take strict action against hoarding of face masks.
He further said that strict action would be taken if masks price exceeds more than standard. For this purpose, district officials will make visits all public places regularly to check if all the orders are being followed or not. Fine would be imposed on violators. The violators would be jailed liable to the severity of the breaking of social distancing SOPs which are precautionary guidelines for containing the spread of the virus.
The city administration will be checking public spaces such as markets, public transport, mosques, lanes, roads, and offices. Besides fine, the violators could even face jail time under Section 188 of the PPC.
The hardest-hit areas of Islamabad include sector I-10, G-9, F-8, G-7, G-6, I-10, G-9, I-8, and Chak Shahzad.
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