Bhubaneswar: As the second COVID-19 wave has gripped Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a message to the people of the state today initiated the 14-day ‘Mask Abhiyaan’ and urged them to wear mask properly for the said number of days in order to make it a habit.
“I urge the people not to go outside without wearing mask. Wear mask properly by covering your mouth and nose. We can curb the spread of COVID-19 without any lockdown or loss of livelihood by following the safety protocols,” the CM said.
Patnaik urged the women to ensure that their family members, especially children, wear mask properly before going out of house.
“I have directed the administration and police to fine those not wearing mask in public places. The government has decided to double the penalty amount,” he said.
Irrespective of one being vaccinated or not s/he should wear mask, said Patnaik.
“Other countries are currently facing the third wave of COVID-19. We are unsure about the number of COVID-19 waves we might face in the future. We need to make mask a part of our lifestyle,” the CM said.