Gujarat govt raised fine to Rs 500 from Rs 200 for not wearing mask, spitting in public places

The Gujarat government has increased the fine for not wearing face mask and spitting in public places in the state to Rs500 from Rs200 reported before. The decision was taken by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Tuesday, the government said in a release.

The government guarantees that face masks are made accessible to residents effectively and at low cost. All the Amul milk parlours in the state will sell simple face masks for Rs 2 each, it added.

Except for some parts of the state like the municipal limits of Ahmedabad and Surat, the government had earlier fixed Rs 200 as fine for not wearing face mask. This will be increased to Rs 500 starting August 1, the release said.

In areas falling under the Ahmedabad and Surat municipal limits, the fine for not wearing face mask in public places has already been increased to Rs 500.

On Monday, Gujarat reported 1,052 new COVID-19 cases, taking the statewide tally to 56,874. The state has so far reported 2,348 deaths due to the disease.

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