Madhya Pradesh’s Indore for the first time in India, bans the usage of N95 masks with valved respirators or opening in the front for its general public after the Director-General of Health Services (DGHS) wrote the state authorities last month to ban the N95 masks with valved respirators as they allow COVID-19 virus to escape out of the mask.
A fine of Rs 100 will be imposed on anyone found wearing N-95 mask with valved resprators, in public. The mask has been banned under the section 144 of CrPC.The one way valves used in the masks, protect only the user. The masks are typically designed for designated health care professionals.
The same law may get implemented in other parts of the country very soon and Assam may start imposing fines too. The Director-General of Health Services asked the general people to avoid wearing N-95 masks with an opening in the front as they are typically designed only for health workers. The general people have been advised to wear homemade masks.