Now, Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) will impose fines on people commuting in public places without a mask. The announcement of the same was done by the TMC chief on Friday.
"The decision of imposing fine of Rs 500 has been taken under the act of Epidemic disease, 1987. Earlier, citizens spotted commuting without mask were warned by the officials. However, so far it has noticed many people are still spotted without a mask, especially in public places. Hence, the decision of imposing fine has been taken," said a senior official from TMC.
"As per the government directions, it's compulsory for every citizen to wear mask in public areas and private offices, in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. However, still, not everyone is following the directions, which has forced them to take this decision," added official.
According to the official the fine will be imposed on both pedestrians and people commuting with their vehicles in public areas.
So far Thane has 3,346 active COVID-19 cases and 25,232 patients have recovered from the virus in the city.
On Friday, total 379 new cases were detected in Thane and 5 deaths were reported. So far, 885 people have succumbed to COVID-19 in Thane city.