“Some media reports are suggesting relaxation in mask wearing and hand hygiene #COVID19 protocols. These are untrue. Use of face mask and hand hygiene will continue to guide Covid management measures”, the Health Ministry tweeted from its official handle.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs had earlier directed the States to discontinue the invocation of the Disaster Management Act 2005 for Covid containment measures which was misreported by some media sections as a revocation of the facemask rule. It is in this background that the Health Ministry has made this clarification.
Taking note of the NDMA recommendation, the Union Home Secretary has written to the Chief Secretaries of all the States and Union Territories to discontinue with the orders and guidelines issued under the Disaster Management Act for COVID containment measures.
“I would, therefore, advise all the States/UTs to consider appropriately discontinuing issue of orders and guidelines under the DM Act, 2005 for COVID containment measures”, the Home Secretary stated in the letter dated 22nd March, 2022.