Following an alarming rise in the city’s positivity ratio, the Lahore administration has announced that anyone not wearing a mask will be thrown in jail.
A meeting was held on Saturday under the chairmanship of the Lahore police chief and Commissioner Lahore Muhammad Usman in which the coronavirus situation was discussed and important decisions were taken.
The commissioner ordered strict implementation of the mask-wearing rule. He said that those who do not wear masks will be detained and may face a jail term of up to six months.
According to the commissioner, violators will have a case registered against them and this new injunction will go into effect starting today (Saturday).
Usman said that for the purpose, Lahore administration officials and police will routinely patrol the streets and take stern action against those not adhering to the rule.
Separately, Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Lahore Ghulam Mehmood Dogar ordered the police to ensure the implementation of all government guidelines, especially in marriage halls and public places.
In this regard, the Lahore Chief Traffic Officer has also warned that any vehicles whose passengers are found seated without a mask will be impounded.
“Citizens must ensure they wear a mask before they leave their homes,” he said.
He ordered all traffic police on the roads to issue warnings to motorcycle and rickshaw drivers if found not wearing a mask.