COVID-19: Wearing face masks made mandatory in Srinagar from May 1

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Srinagar: In order to curtail the spread of Coronavirus, the authorities have made wearing of face masks mandatory in Srinagar from May 1.
However, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary said that people should remember that mask is just one of various precautions to combat the infection.
Dr Chaudhary said that the administration will ensure to make masks available to everyone. “From May 1, let’s please make it sure to wear face mask at all times, at all places of contact. We will ensure to make masks available to everyone. Do remember: mask is just one of various precautions,” the Srinagar DC said.
An order issued by the DC Srinagar said that it has been felt necessary that measures for containment of COVID-19 spread are made mandatory in public places. “Wearing a mask lowers the chances of COVID-19 entering the respiratory system through droplets left in air from an infected person,” it said.
“It is also required that government offices, public and private establishments and organizations/persons dealing with goods or services, market places or such establishments, put in place effective measures for hygiene,” it read.
The order said it will be mandatory to wear face masks at all public places, including public transport, offices and shopping or market places from May 1. “Medical grade masks which are strictly for hospital use, however, should be avoided by general public,” it said.
It further said that all government offices, private establishments, shops and mandis shall put in place arrangements for handwash/sanitizers as per the requirement.