Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Saturday that the Maharashtra government’s latest communication on the use of masks was only an appeal and that masks were not made mandatory in the state.
For the past few days, the number of Coronavirus cases in the state has been rapidly increasing. The state health department sent a letter to district and civic officials on Friday, urging them to increase testing and recommending that people wear masks in enclosed spaces such as trains, buses, cinemas, auditoriums, offices, hospitals, colleges, and schools. Wearing mask is not mandatory
However, it was unclear whether the usage of masks would be made essential once more. In April, the mask compulsion was lifted. Wearing mask is not mandatory
COVID-19 cases have increased in Mumbai, Pune, Palghar, Thane, and parts of Raigad district, according to the minister.
“Although the letter from the health ministry states that mask use is mandatory, it is actually an appeal to people to wear masks,” Tope told reporters in Pune. Those who do not wear them will face no consequences.” In enclosed spaces such as trains, buses, schools, and colleges, masks are recommended. In such places, people are expected to wear masks, he added.
Tope said the Union health ministry had also given an advice to the state about the surge in cases a few days earlier.
“The state task force on COVID-19, which met two days ago in Mumbai, decided to urge people to wear masks more often to reduce the risk of contracting the infection.” “For the following 15 days, the state government will monitor the situation,” he stated.
There were 1,134 new coronavirus infections in Maharashtra on Friday, the highest daily increase in cases since February 24, and three deaths. The number of active cases increased by 12% to 5,127.