Wearing masks inside private vehicles is no longer mandatory in Mumbai. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) took back its earlier directives and ordered clean-up marshals to stop fining people who are not wearing masks inside their private vehicles. However, those traveling through public transport have to continue wearing masks, or else they will be penalized. The new rule came into force on Sunday.
BMC made wearing masks must since April 8 as Covid-19 cases started increasing in the metro. BMC also made violators of its guidelines perform community services like sweeping roads if they refused to pay a fine. The authoritative body has been penalizing 42 people per day, taking the total number to 4.86 lakh people until November. The team collected Rs10, 07 Lakh crore by imposing a fine alone for not wearing masks in public places.
In September, the BMC also reduced the fine for not wearing a mask from the initial Rs 1,000 to Rs 200.
Meanwhile, other states like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Kerala continue to impose fines for not wearing masks in private vehicles and public transport. People not wearing masks in public areas in Gurgaon can be fined up to Rs 2500. In Punjab, the fine for not wearing a show in a public place in the state is presently Rs 500, revised from Rs 200 in the
last week of May. In Uttar Pradesh, the acceptable amount is Rs 500, raised from Rs 100 in July 2020. In Kerala, authorities initially imposed a hefty fine of Rs 10 000, later down to Rs 500. Citizens from Chennai who do not wear masks will have to pay Rs 200. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed the Delhi High Court that there is no mandate directing people to wear a mask while traveling alone after a petition was filed by Advocate Saurabh Sharma challenging the Rs 500 challan issued to him for not wearing a mask while he was driving alone in his private car.