Shillong: DC, East Khasi Hills, in view of the fact that mask-wearing has been classified as an important strategy to suppress transmission of Covid-19 and save lives, has issued strict guidelines for proper wearing of a mask.
All persons who step out of their homes, move in public or interact with persons not from their household, are required to ensure that they 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 and 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 there is zero protection in such cases. 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. 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, the protocol stated.