Mandatory To Cover Nose, Mouth Before Stepping Out

The Odisha government has now made it mandatory for people to cover their face and mouth with a mask or a cloth before they venture out of their homes, in a bid to contain the coronavirus crisis.

The decision was made amid fears that the novel coronavirus may also have properties that aid in airborne transmission, although it remains an unverified facet amidst the rapidly-evolving dynamics of the crisis worldwide.

The Revenue and Disaster Management Department of the state has issued an order in this regard, which will remain effective from 7 AM on April 9 on an indefinite basis until further orders are issued. “The general public is directed to cover their mouth and nose with any mask while stepping out of the house for any purpose. A handkerchief or any other piece of cloth with at least two layers can also be used for the purpose,” the order reads. The order also highlighted the role of social distancing and isolation measures as a potent barrier towards COVID-19.

In light of the order, the district and municipal authorities have been asked to ensure that there is no crowding of people and that everyone uses masks or cloths such as handkerchiefs and dupattas to cover their faces and mouth while stepping out of their homes.

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