While going out from home public should wear a three ply surgical mask or N-95 mask: DC  

Shillong, Jan 08: In pursuance to notification given by the Health and Family Welfare Department vide No.Health.21/2020/Pt.VII/103 dated 29/04/2021 on Mask-Wearing Protocols and in view of the highly infectious variant, Omicron, of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus which is rapidly rising in different parts of the country

In the order the Deputy Commissioner  mention that mask-wearing has been classified as an important strategy to suppress transmission and save lives, Hence, in view of the impact that the virus may cause to the health and livelihoods of the people in the event of a severe third wave and in order to prevent further transmission of the virus.

Persons who step out of their homes, move in public or interact with persons not from their household, are required that they should wear a three ply surgical mask or N-95 mask. Cotton masks if worn must be layered with a three ply surgical mask underneath.

Plastic or leather masks, mask made from loosely woven material, knitted masks, masks made of fabric that lets light pass through, or masks made with only one layer of fabric do not ensure protection and are not recommended. Person using such mask will switch to appropriate protective masks at the earliest.

Wearing of mask on chin, or lowering of mask while speaking, or wearing mask without covering the nose must be avoided at all costs since you can infect others, or be infected by others. Persons who are mobile or move around frequently are advised to wear masks inside their homes as well, especially when around elderly or co-morbid family members.

Detailed guidelines for wearing masks including use, storage, cleaning and disposal as notified in the aforesaid government protocol are to be followed by all citizens.

A casual attitude towards proper mask wearing can potentially cause rapid transmission of the virus, hence endangering lives and may be considered an offence, for which action will be taken as deemed fit and proper. Said the Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills District, Shillong.

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