Given the alarming pace at which Covid-19 disease is spreading in the country people should have been forced into exercising greater caution and the local administrations into greater vigil especially in crowded places. But the stark reality amidst rising temperatures is that an increasing number of people are flouting safety guidelines and apparently exhausted authorities are turning a blind eye.
LifeInChandigarh.com was on Wednesday witness to dozens of people going about their business without wearing a mask in the lawyers’ kiosks area within the District Administrative Complex in Mohali, which houses the offices of the entire top district level bureaucracy. Packed with a couple of hundred people, including lawyers, their staff and visitors, the congested area, served a perfect recipe for adding another Covid hotspot.
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Right from parking attendants, to lawyers and their staff, to visitors, dozens of them were seen without a mask or a mask lowered to their chin or neck. This included a newly-wed woman wearing a ‘churah’ with her facial makeup in full public view. All this was apparently happening in full knowledge of the authorities.
A lawyer, Baljinder Singh Saran, who and his staff had their face masks properly strapped on, when asked why he was allowing visitors not wearing face masks to approach him for their work and endangering his personal safety, appeared unwilling to pick a quarrel with clients and thereby lose business.
Later on lodging a verbal complaint with the personal staff of Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan and bringing it to the notice of District Public Relations Officer Ruchi Kalra, the district authorities reportedly swung into action and challaned five people, from whom a fine of Rs 2500 was collected.
Hopefully, we will see better compliance in not only the District Administrative Complex, but also at other crowded places in the district from tomorrow. Heat or no heat this is an absolute must for the safety of hundreds of lives.
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