127 booked for not putting on face mask on first day of mandatory wear rule

Wearing face masks in crowded public spaces is compulsory from Aug 1. – Sinar Harian photo

By Chew Lip Song

POLICE yesterday fined 127 people for not wearing face masks in public, the first day the rule was enforced to curb the spread of Covid-19, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said.

They were among the 312 people who were compounded for breaching rules related to Covid-19. Others include not following the standard operating procedure (SOP) (38) and taking part in activities where social distancing would be difficult (150). Another three others were remanded for other related offence.

He added that the police had conducted 63,473 inspections on Saturday, involving 14,327 personnel.

These public areas include supermarkets, restaurants and hawkers, factories, banks, and government offices.

The enforcement officials had also surveyed 1,132 land transportation terminals, 138 water transportation terminals and 40 air transportation terminals.

Ismail Sabri added that action had been taken against 28 individuals for breaching home quarantine SOPs.

The authorities, he said, have conducted 2,263 checks on individuals who are undergoing the 14-day mandatory home quarantine.

Earlier, the government had announced that starting Aug 1, everyone must wear a face mask when they are at a crowded public area. The same rule also applies for those taking public transportation.


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