On every Saturday Tripura to observe ‘Face Mask Enforcement Day’
By Our Correspondent, 07/04/2021, Agartala

To contain fresh spike in COVID-19 cases in the state, the Tripura government has decided to go for observance of ‘Face Mask Enforcement Day’ on every Saturday. Hours after the Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb is tested COVID positive on Wednesday, the state Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar issued a memorandum to announce the decision.

The memorandum has also directed the health establishments to speed up the vaccination process. The District Magistrates (DMs), Sub-Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) and the Block Development Officers (BDOs) are directed to take necessary steps to create massive awareness in public places to encourage people to follow safety protocols.

The directives also advised the designated officials to enforce legal action against those found violating regulations, which include face masks, the use of sanitizers and maintaining physical distancing at all times. The officials were advised to use public address systems in markets and crowded places to create awareness about the restrictions and the health hazards of COVID-19.

Adequate number of enforcement teams should be formed to visit crowded places like markets, shopping malls etc and make the people aware and impose fines /penalties wherever necessary as per the provisions of 'The Tripura Epidemic Disease COVID-19 regulations, 2020', the directives stated.

As many as 14 new cases were detected in the State over the past 24 hours. Health Department officials said the total number of infections now stood at 33,551. A total of 33,068 of them have recovered and 389 patients have died. At present, there were 71 active cases in the State, both in home isolation and in hospitals.