Home Ministry asks states to enforce Covid regulations in public spaces amid overcrowding
The Home Ministry on Wednesday drew the attention of state governments and Union Territories to crowding and non-compliance with Covid-appropriate behaviour at tourist spots and public spaces, reports The Hindu Business Line.
In a letter addressed to all the States and UTs, Ajay Bhalla, Home Secretary, urged them to issue strict directions to the district and all other local authorities concerned to take action. “The officers concerned should be made personally responsible for any laxity in strict enforcement of Covid-appropriate behaviour. I would also advise that orders issued by the respective State Governments/UT Administrators/ district authorities in this regard, should be widely disseminated to the public and to the field functionaries, for the proper implementation,” the letter said.
The Home Ministry said, blatant violations of Covid norms were noticed in many parts of the country, particularly in public transport and at hill stations.
Massive crowds are also thronging marketplaces, violating norms of social distancing which is becoming a major cause of concern as in some States, the R-factor, reproduction number, is increasing, the Ministry said. It is to be noted that any increase in ‘R’ factor above 1 is an indicator of the spread of Covid-19 virus.
“Therefore, it is important that the authorities concerned shall be made responsible for ensuring Covid appropriate behaviour in all crowded places such as shops, malls, markets, market complexes, weekly markets, restaurants and bars, mandis, bus stations, railway platforms/stations, public parks and gardens, gymnasiums, banquet halls/ marriage halls, stadia/ sports complexes (if opened up by the States) as well as at all areas identified as hotspots for transmission of Covid-19 virus,” it added. (Source: The Hindu Business Line)