Mumbaikars, get ready to sweep the streets | Condé Nast Traveller India


Despite innumerable warnings from health authorities, the cult of anti-maskers refuses to die. Whether you’re a part of this clan or have simply forgotten to grab your mask before heading out, Mumbai’s civic body has found a way to make you regret your move. The BMC will now force you to sweep the streets for an hour or scrub graffiti off the walls.

This new form of penalty for not wearing a mask will apply to anyone who refuses to pay the Rs200 fine for not wearing masks in public places, the Hindustan Times reports. This punishment will be implemented according to the civic body’s Solid Waste Management By-Laws that give it the authority to impose community service on citizens. Refusing to pay the fine and or do the community service can attract a police case, the BMC has warned.

In Mumbai, those who don’t wear a mask will have to do community service.
A BMC officer fines a man without a mask. Photo: Satyabrata Tripathy/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Wearing masks in public is mandatory across the country. Penalty for violation varies—in Mumbai, it is a fine of Rs200. And if you think it’s one of those rules that is never going to be enforced, consider that the BMC has already docked 82,000 people for not wearing masks and collected Rs1.64 crore as fines.

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Updated: October 28, 2020 — 7:19 am

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