Southern Railways to charge Rs 500 fine for no mask

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Southern Railways on Saturday announced that a fine of Rs 500 would be imposed on passengers who will not be following or complying to COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) while on a railway station premises or on a train journey.

While referring to the orders from various state governments on fines for not wearing masks in public places, Southern Railway said the Railway Board has authorised all zonal railways to collect the fine from people who won’t be wearing face masks on railway premises, including when onboard a train.

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According to a press release today, the new rule of the railway comes into immediate effect and extends for six months until further notice. A station master or the station manager, Railway Protection Force personnel and an officer not below the rank of ticket collector have been given the authorisation to collect the fines.

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Tamil Nadu is also witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases from March 5. On Friday alone, Tamil Nadu reported 8,449 new cases and 33 deaths, pushing the total caseload to 9,71,384 and the death toll to 13,032.