Mumbai: Taking aggressive measures to fight coronavirus amid rising cases, The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday made wearing masks compulsory in all public places in Mumbai, whether it be hospitals, offices, markets or while travelling in vehicles. Also Read - ICSE, ISE Class 10, 12 Board Exams 2020: Change Your Exam Centre For Pending Exams Before June 7 | Check Details Here

These masks can be the ones available with chemists or homemade washable masks which can be reused. Those who will be seen flouting the order, will be arrested. Also Read - Unlock 1 Maharashtra: Shootings of Films And TV Shows Begin; Radhe, Gangubai Kathiawadi And Maidaan to go on Floors

“I have come to the conclusion that the larger public interest making wearing of mask by any person who moving in any public place is necessary,” Praveen Pardeshi, Mumbai Municipal Commissioner announced the order in a letter. Also Read - Two Blocks of State Secretariat Shut After an Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19 | LIVE Updates

”Those found violating this rule will be punishable under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and will be “strictly penalised or may be arrested by the police officers or officers appointed by Assistant Commissioners of wards,” the letter further reads.

The massive development comes after Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray, in an address to the state had said that the wearing of masks has become ‘absolutely necessary’ now.

Notably, Mumbai has emerged as a hotspot in the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, with over 300 cases.

To contain the spread of Covid 19 virus, Odisha on Tuesday had also made it mandatory for the public to wear masks whenever they venture out of their homes.