‘Not wearing a mask can lead to jail’...

Dhaka, Saturday   16 January 2021

‘Not wearing a mask can lead to jail’

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:17 PM, 30 November 2020   Updated: 05:50 PM, 30 November 2020

Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam at briefing; Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam at briefing; Photo: Daily Bangladesh

If the maximum fine does not work, the crime of not wearing a mask can lead to jail, said Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam. 

He said this while briefing the Cabinet meeting at the Secretariat in the capital on Monday. The matter was approved at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this morning. 

The Prime Minister joined the meeting virtually from her official Ganobhaban residence while the cabinet members joined from the secretariat. Later, Khandaker Anwarul Islam briefed reporters at the Secretariat. 

The Cabinet Secretary said, “As we have said before, from this week (against those who are not wearing masks) we will go for a little stronger action. I think positive outside Dhaka; DCs say people in the district sadar are being fairly careful. Dhaka city may still not be cautious yet, but there is a message that (if you don’t wear a mask) you will be fined, you will have to pay a fine of Tk 500. I have said maximum fine from now on, otherwise, we will give more instructions. I have asked for the maximum fine.”

“gradually we ... Then will land in jail,” he said, adding: “What else to do, if they don’t listen, we can’t take risks, we have to do as much as we can, we told that.” 

The cabinet secretary said, “We will see for another seven to 10 days, then give instructions - go for more severe punishment. Will be fined as much as possible ‍and will be given strong punishment.”