No mask, no fuel ruler in Odisha

BHUBANESWAR: The gasoline pumps on Friday came out with a strict rule, No Mask, No Petrol/Diesel/CNG, in an attempt to strictly enforce the government order that mandates the use of the face when leaving their homes.

The decision of the fuel exits was announced by the secretary general here.

There are around 1,600 fuel outlets at Odisha.

A decision has been made to ensure that people follow government guidelines, Lath said.

Reports from Bhubaneswar and various parts of the state said that grocery and vegetable store owners also refuse to sell items to customers who do not wear masks.

Lath said thousands of fuel station employees are risking their lives for the sake of duty and are also susceptible to infection.

In the process (wearing a mask), both employees and customers will be protected from the highly infectious disease, he said.

The association's secretary general said that all service station owners in the state have been asked to strictly comply with the social distancing standard at their points of sale.

The state government has made it mandatory for citizens to wear masks when leaving their homes. It has also decided to impose fines on violators, Rs 200 for the first three offenses and Rs 500 for each subsequent violation.

The order to wear a mask must take effect from the previous day in the morning throughout the state.

In view of the shortage of N-95 masks in the markets, it allowed people to use a clean handkerchief or multi-pleated cloth to cover the nose and mouth on the way out.

The order exempted children under the age of two and patients with asthma.