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Sunday lockdown imposed in Uttar Pradesh, Rs 1,000 fine for not wearing mask

 The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to enforce a statewide lockdown on Sunday to contain the spread of Covid-19. A fine of Rs 1,000 will also be collected from anyone found not wearing a face mask.

Shops in Lucknow's Janpath area closed on Thursday amid spike in Covid-19 cases (Photo Credits: PTI)

A statewide lockdown will be enforced in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday in light of the recent surge in new confirmed cases of Covid-19. This Sunday lockdown will come into effect in all cities and rural areas across the state.

In addition, the state government has also decided to collect a fine of Rs 1,000 from anyone found not wearing a face mask. While the fine for first-time offenders is Rs 1,000, a second violation by the same person will attract a penalty of Rs 10,000.

The decisions were taken during a meeting of the state's top officials chaired by CM Yogi Adityanath on Friday. Members of the state's "Team-11" as well as district administration officials were part of this meeting.

Top officials have been directed to ensure thorough sanitisation of public spaces during the statewide lockdown on Sunday.

Only essential services will be exempted from this Sunday lockdown. All offices, except for businesses dealing in essential services, will also remain closed on Sunday.

Special emphasis was laid on the strict implementation of restrictions in 10 districts in UP reporting a heightened infection rate.

The UP government has also asked officials to update the list of beneficiaries eligible for food aid so that they can be supplied ration in time.

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