As the city slowly edges away from lockdown after changes in the containment zones, public once again share public spaces in the middle of pandemic, wearing a face mask or refusing to – has become a bone of contention for the moment. Despite strict instructions from the Police authorities and fine of Rs. 100 for not wearing face masks, a number of people don’t care two hoots for the rules. The Commissioner of Police R K Meena also sought support from public for police, doctors, volunteers and sanitation staff who are working to control the spread of virus.
“The district administration has attempted to keep people safe by the simple requirement to wear a face covering to protect others,” said Naidana Varma, septuagenarian. “It is unfortunate and distressing that those who refuse are so self-absorbed as to not follow what is a simple show of respect and kindness to others”.
“It’s devastatingly worrisome to me personally,” said Vandana Rao, house wife, “because if they go home and infect their grandmother or their grandfather who has a co-morbid condition, and they have a serious or unfortunate outcome, they will feel guilty for the rest of our lives”. “We need to protect each other,” she went on, “at the same time we’re voicing our discontent.
Face covering mandate also as part of plans to reopen business, reflects a larger recalibration in the balance that officials have tried to strike between aggressively curbing the virus and avoiding further economic devastation. “We have a public health crisis in this country, there’s no doubt about it,” said Chinnam Naidu, spare parts businessman from Daba gardens.
But for RC John it’s a horror both at the sight of public places where people have crowded without masks before liquor shops breaking social distancing norms. So, “for all drinking enthusiasts forgot there is a virus on the prowl waiting to hold their bodies hostage. You can drown your sorrows in liquor, but the virus can drown both you and that alcohol you gulp down into massive health miseries” added Jhon
Finally, as the threat of novel coronavirus continues to loom over the Visakhapatnam city most health experts spoke to Hello Vizag said District Administration need innovative measures to make wearing mask mandatory. Citizens found without mask or not following the Covid-19 prevention guidelines at public places will have to work as volunteers in hospitals and police check-posts for one week.