New Delhi: With the decline in coronavirus cases, the Delhi government has further relaxed COVID guidelines and said there will be no fine for not wearing face masks in public places in the Indian capital.
The decision was taken by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) during a meeting to review the COVID situation.
Earlier, wearing masks in public places, including buses and metro trains was made mandatory for all.
Sources told news agency PTI that the DDMA, however, is likely to issue an advisory for people, asking them to wear masks in crowded places. There was also a fine of Rs 500 for not wearing masks at public places in Delhi.
The move from the DDMA comes days after the city recorded a significant decline in the number of fresh COVID cases over the last few days.
Earlier, the government of India had issued an advisory asking the states and UTs to consider discontinuing containment measures in view of the sharp decline in the fresh cases.
Last month, the DDMA had lifted all Covid restrictions in the wake of significant improvement in the Covid situation in the city. However, wearing masks in public places, including buses and metro trains was made mandatory.
The crucial DDMA meeting in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyender Jain, Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot, reviewed the vaccination programme apart from the coronavirus situation.