The state assembly passed a bill on Monday making people wear face masks in public mandatory. Rajasthan is the first state in India to pass such a law. However, this bill does not indicate the fine or penalties over contempt.
During a special session called to pass three bills to counter the farm laws passed by the Centre, the assembly put in a new clause to the Rajasthan Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020, to make the use of face masks mandatory in the state to control and prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease pandemic.
The Rajasthan Epidemic Diseases Bill, 2020 was passed by the state assembly this year in August to control the rapid spread of the infection of coronavirus. The state has the authority to define temporary laws and orders that are to be anticipated by the state under Section 4 of the Bill.
Sanctioning this liberty, the state has inserted a new clause inserted in Section 4 of the Rajasthan Epidemic Diseases Act, 2020 which restricts the movement of any person in public without appropriately covering the mouth and nose with a face mask. The public places include public transport, private transport, workplace, any social, political, general gathering.
The reason behind the introduction of the new guidelines by the government is that the health experts all over the world think that use of the mask can help control the spread of coronavirus significantly and protect the lives of millions. The State Government is also in support of the view that wearing a mask should be made mandatory in a public.
The state CM Ashok Gehlot said that Rajasthan will be the first state in the country to legislate a law making it compulsory to wear masks for protection against coronavirus infection. Coronavirus can only be prevented by taking actions such as wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and washing hands repeatedly.
He also said that people not using a mask not only risks their health but also the health of other people with whom they come in touch. Nobody has the right to risk other people’s health by failing the protocols.
“Masks are the anti-COVID vaccine. Although most people find it uneasy to wear masks for longer durations, they must consider and use their masks as a precaution and not an accessory,” he added.
A campaign ‘no mask, no entry’ is already running in the state. This is to make use of face masks compulsory to prevent the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.