Karnataka’s 833 cases is 7-week high; masks not must in private vehicles | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Even as Karnataka on Friday reported 833 fresh Covid-19 cases — a 48-day high — with Bengaluru contributing 526 of them, the BBMP decided to restrict the mask mandate to those travelling in commercial vehicles like cabs and public transport buses. Those in private vehicles, including two-wheelers, have been exempted from the rule.

A hostel near Vidyapeetha in south Bengaluru has emerged as a cluster with seven persons testing positive.
The mask issue came up at a BBMP meeting on Friday to draw an action plan to contain surge of cases. Penalising people for not wearing masks in private cars has turned controversial, and critics said it made no sense to penalise the occupants if windows were rolled up.
We are exploiting marshals: BBMP chief


Following criticism, BBMP made masks mandatory only in case of vehicles with more than one occupant and all two-wheeler riders. The enforcement has run into problems, with citizens kicking up arguments with marshals penalising them.
“Those in four-wheelers argue that they are from the same family and there is no need to wear a mask,” a marshal said. Ugly scenes between motorists and marshals are a common sight at busy intersections, holding up traffic.
“We are exploiting the marshals. Fighting with people in white-board vehicles, which are privately owned, is a waste of time. Instead, only yellowboard vehicles will be penalised for violation,” said N Manjunatha Prasad, BBMP commissioner.

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