Manipur: Wearing of face masks mandatory in public places, offices

In any official meetings, the chairperson of the meeting shall ensure that all participants are wearing face masks. Officials will not entertain any visitor not wearing a face mask.

The Manipur cabinet has decided to make it mandatory wearing of face masks in public places, including offices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Accordingly, the health department has issued instructions to be followed by the government offices for immediate compliance. 

A statement issued by principal secretary, Health and Family Welfare Minister V Vumlunmang has said that all state government offices, including secretariat, directorate/chief engineer offices and treasuries shall strictly enforce wearing of face masks. Deputy Commissioners shall enforce the same rules in all government offices in the districts.

Heads of department/heads of offices will arrange checking of all staff/visitors entering the office building, it said. Signboards instructing to wear face masks to be displayed prominently outside the building and also in the office doors, it added.

In any official meetings, the chairperson of the meeting shall ensure that all participants are wearing face masks. Officials will not entertain any visitor not wearing a face mask, it stated.

All central government offices in Manipur also requested to adopt the same norms for their employees and visitors, the statement informed. 

All banks, PSUs, financial institutions in Manipur will adopt the same norms for their employees and clients, it said.

All hospitals/clinics (government and private) will enforce wearing of face masks by all patients and visitors and MD/MS shall be the responsible authority, it said. All Healthcare workers are to wear suitable types of masks as per protocol, it added.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has advised wearing of face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Various scientific studies have shown that wearing cloth face masks reduces COVID-19 infection in non hospital settings, it added. 

Since the majority of COVID-19 persons have no symptoms, there is a chance of meeting an infected person unknowingly anywhere. Therefore, wearing face masks to prevent infection is very important. Countries that have controlled the spread of COVID-19, such as Japan and Korea, had adopted use of face masks by everyone, it added.

First Published:June 13, 2020, 12:34 a.m.