Bengaluru: No exceptions, occupants of private vehicles must wear masks, says BBMP | Bengaluru News – Times of India
Marshals enforcing the rule say they face fierce resistance from occupants of private vehicles
BENGALURU: People travelling in private vehicles or on two-wheelers must continue wearing masks and there is no exception to the healthsafety rule, BBMP said on Saturday. But it added that teams of marshals enforcing the rule had been instructed to focus more on yellowboard rides (taxis and commercial vehicles).
The clarification follows complaints from marshals that they face fierce resistance from occupants of private vehicles while enforcing the mask mandate. The occupants argue that they are from the same family and there is no risk if they don’t wear a mask inside their vehicle. The issue was discussed at a meeting called by BBMP commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad on Friday.
“The state government and BBMP have not stated that occupants of private vehicles, including two-wheeler riders, are exempted from wearing masks. I have instructed marshals to concentrate more on crowded places like markets, malls and religious gatherings, and vehicles with yellow boards,” Prasad said, adding that safety rules cannot be relaxed as Covid-19 cases had gone up in recent weeks.
On average, 600 people are fined daily for not wearing a mask. According to data accessed by STOI, Gandhinagar leads with 40 cases, followed by KR Puram (35). A BBMP official said that violations were common in shopping zones of Basavanagudi, Chickpet, Malleswaram and Yeshwantpur.
“Markets pose a challenge because of the high movement of people. We are doing everything we can to ensure that people use masks and maintain social distancing,” said Colonel Rajbir Singh, chief of marshals.