Itanagar: The Tirap district administration of Arunachal Pradesh has made mandatory the wearing of face masks in public places and asked the shopkeepers not to sell goods to those not wearing the same.

“In case a person is found without a mask, a fine of Rs 500 will be imposed on the spot while those found spitting in public places would be fined Rs 200”, Town Magistrate Ripi Doni said on Monday.

Doni who was addressing an awareness programme on the second wave of COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccination against at the Khonsa market further urged all to abide by the latest standard operating procedures issued by state and central governments.

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On complaints of shopkeepers selling goods at exorbitant prices, the magistrate said the district administration has already issued an order under Section 133 that prohibits the sale of any packaged commodity at a price higher than the printed MRP.

Doni further asked the Tirap SP, executive magistrates, assistance controller of the Legal Metrology and Consumers affairs department to execute the order strictly.

Bari-Basip circle officer Nekong Perme appealed all to stay away from spreading fake and incorrect information with regards to COVID-19 and cautioned that action would be taken against any person found doing so.

Perme also appeals to the people to get themselves vaccinated against the dreaded virus from the general hospital free of cost. Khonsa Bazar Welfare Committee president Jiten Wangchha and IPR representative Gawang Sumpa also spoke.

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