Bhubaneswar: As the country is currently seeing a rise in coroanvirus cases, the states are taking stern measures to ensure the protection of citizens from this deadly virus. In a move aiming towards the same, Odisha government on Monday made it mandatory for people to cover their face and mouth with a mask or cloth while venturing out of their houses. Also Read - Time to Stock up: Odisha Govt Announces 48-hour Lockdown in Cuttack Over COVID-19, All Passes Suspended

The Revenue and Disaster Management Department issued an order in this regard which will come into effect from 7 am on April 9 till further orders. Also Read - Odisha Govt Sanctions Rs 54 Lakh To Feed Stray Animals Amid Lockdown, Internet Hails the Move

The order noting the relevance of masks in these times said, ”Usefulness of masks in containing the disease can be seen from global experiences. Also, it is imperative to maintain strict social distancing and isolation measures to contain the spread of the disease.”

The district and municipal authorities have been directed to strictly ensure that there is no crowding and people use masks or cloths such as handkerchief or dupatta to cover their faces while stepping out of their houses, an official said.

“Single-use masks should be properly disposed of after use and cloths used for the purpose should be cleaned with disinfectants after every use. Masks used by one person must not be used by another,” he added.