Ask: Enforce stringent laws for COVID-19 safety norms during Unlock 4.0
When you step out, how many people do you see actually wearing masks around you?
Or adhering to norms of physical distancing?
Do you think you are safe or is your child or aged parent safe? Are you safe on the roads if people don't wear masks? What is BBMP doing to regulate this and keep you safe? Do you think BBMP not helping you and I keep safe?
Bengaluru continues to be the worst-hit city accounting for the most number of Covid-19 cases in Karnataka in the past few months. Before Unlock, the situation was under control but since operations resumed in June, it has witnessed a steep rise in the number of cases.
Doctors and medical experts have stressed ad nauseam about adhering to strict safety norms like masks and hand hygiene to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
On April 30, the BBMP issued an order making facial masks compulsory in public places and in any workplace with more than five people. A fine of Rs 1000 was also imposed. Ward Marshals were assisting BBMP in ensuring this was being followed.
Since most places have opened up people have assumed a false sense of normalcy and are therefore not following safety norms adequately, putting themselves and the public at risk.
Now, more than ever we need stricter actions taken against people flouting norms of safety.We urge the BBMP to employ more marshalls and get citizen volunteers if required to ensure all Covid-19 safety norms, especially mask usage, are being strictly adhered to. Penalise the ones who don't follow the rule book and set a precedent.
Bangalore has done well in terms of testing, surveillance, containment measures, contact tracing, and scaling up health infrastructure and hopefully, this will help bring down numbers as time passes. There’s extreme laxity in people’s behaviour as far as adopting preventive measures is concerned, which is extremely important along with other epidemiological measures, to bring down the rate of infection.
To reiterate our asks
1. Appointment of more ward marshalls or volunteers to ensure everyone is wearing masks or practice social distancing in public.
2. To close down public parks and religious institutions or any other place which does not have an impact on the economy until the vaccine comes our way
3. To put up sign boards across the city emphasizing the penalties and dangers of violating home quarantine, not wearing masks and physical distancing.
4. Setting up a helpline number for reporting gatherings that violate mandated norms.
To accurately report numbers and create visibility around the number of penalties on a weekly basis.
This campaign is started in collaboration with PACT, a Public Health Action advisory group set up by Elephant Ear Advisors, Multiversal Advisory, Urban Venture Labs & NanoBI