Punjab announces hefty fines for COVID guidelines violation

New Delhi, July 23, 2020: COVID-19 patients violating home isolation instructions in
Punjab will have to shell out Rs 5000 as fine, as per the new guidelines announced today by Chief
Minister Captain
Amarinder Singh.
Currently there are 951
patients in home isolation
across the state.
The Chief Minister also
announced imposition of
Rs 5000 as fine for owners
of restaurants and commercial
eating places violating
social distancing
norms, as a deterrent
against defiance of the
restrictions put in place to
heck the spread of the pandemic
in the state.
Further, violation of
social distancing norms
and social gatherings of
more than the permitted
strength will lead to penalty
amounting to a whopping
Rs 10000, the Chief
Minister said at a Video
Conference meeting to
review the Covid situation
and preparedness in the
state.
The fines/penalties
announced today are in
addition to those
announced earlier in May,
for not wearing a mask in
public places (Rs 500),
violation of home quarantine
instructions (Rs 200)
and spitting at public
places (Rs 500).
Under the existing
guidelines, shops/commercial
places are liable to
pay Rs. 2000 for violation
of social distancing norms,
while for buses and cars
such violations are punishable
by Rs 3000 and Rs
2000 fine respectively and
in the case of auto-rickshaws/
2-wheelers the fine
stands at Rs 500.
The additional fines
come even as instances of
violations continue to be
reported from across the
state, with average daily
challans for not wearing
masks standing at around
5000, as per DGP Dinkar
Gupta.
Captain Amarinder
directed stern steps to
ensure strict enforcement
of mandatory wearing of
masks, as per the guidelines
issued by the state
government.
The Chief Minister also
appealed to the Heads and
Managements of various
religious institutions to
ensure enforcement of
social distancing restrictions
and other Covid safety
guidelines, including
masks, during visits to
religious places in the
state.
He urged them to make
regular announcements in
this regard through Public
Address Systems.
Captain Amarinder reiterated
his earlier appeal to
the Kisan Unions not to
come out on the roads to
protest against the central
government’s anti-farmer
Ordinances but to defer
any such movements to
check the spread of Covid.
In another initiative, the
Chief Minister has directed
that mask vending
machines be installed at
vantage points such as bus
stands etc.
Meanwhile, the Chief
Minister directed Chief
Secretary Vini Mahajan
and health experts to work
out the modalities for setting
up Plasma Banks also
in the Government Medical
Colleges at Fardikot
and Amritsar, in addition
to Patiala, where the
state’s first Plasma Bank
was inaugurated on July
21.
On the first day itself,
four donors had given
their plasma the Bank.
He also appealed to
those already cured of
Covid to donate their plasma
to help out those fighting
the disease.
The Chief Secretary
informed the meeting that
IAS and PCS officers who
have recovered are also
being encouraged to lead
the way by donating their
plasma.
DGP Dinkar Gupta said
three policemen, including
one Punjab Home Guards
jawan, had also donated
convalescent plasma at
Patiala and DMC.
Expressing concern over
the rising number of cases,
which has now touched
11301 in the state with 269
deaths, the Chief Minister
called for extreme caution
and directed the DGP to
ensure strict enforcement
of all the norms.
Pointing out that 28
police personnel at
Nathana police station in
District Bathinda had tested
positive, he advised
employees with fever or
flu-like symptoms not to
come to office but to get
themselves tested.

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