Wearing of masks at public places has been made mandatory in Meghalaya’s East Garo Hills district in view of the coronavirus outbreak.
The East Garo Hills District Magistrate, Swapnil Tembe, on Thursday issued an order in this regard under Section 144 of the CrPC.
All persons in charge of workplaces, public places and transport have been made responsible to ensure social distancing, the order said.
The order also prohibits assembly of five or more persons at public places and spitting at public places.
It said that funerals would be regulated by the magistrates on duty. The order will remain in force till May 3 next.
Meghalaya has so far recorded eight positive cases of Covid-19 within 48 hours.
Among eight people, seven are the family members and one is a helper of a doctor who was the first Covid-19 case in the state.
The 69-year-old doctor at a Shillong based hospital had tested positive on April 13 and had died of the infection on Wednesday.