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Will Maharashtra relax face mask rule with dipping COVID 19 cases? Here’s what Health Minister Rajesh Tope said

With the dipping COVID cases in Maharashtra, the demand for the relaxation of the face mask rule is rising in the state. On Saturday, Maharashtra reported only 893 cases and 8 deaths due to COVID 19. With the decreasing COVID 19 cases, the state government has already relaxed quite a few COVID 19 restrictions. The state health minister Rajesh Tope said that with the flattening of the COVID 19 curve, the decision regarding the face mask rule will be taken carefully.

“Chief Minister (Uddhav Thackeray) is constantly saying that we cannot assume that pandemic is over. So the decision on mask liberty will be taken after careful consideration,” a Mint report quoting Rajesh Tope.

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Last week, the Maharashtra government focused that there is a need of following COVID appropriate behaviour like wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and frequently sanitizing hands. The state governments of Delhi and Gujarat have also eased their restrictions.

On Saturday, the Delhi government decided that the people travelling together in private cars in Delhi without face masks will not be fined from Monday. “… about clause 3(h) (c) whereby not wearing of face mask/cover in all public places has been made an offence, the penalty under this provision will not apply to persons travelling together in private four-wheeler vehicles from February 28,” the order said.

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If the face mask rule is eradicated, it will surely be a great relief for people after 2 years of the pandemic.

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