‘No mask, no entry’ at Kuakata beach

Local administration has launched a “No Mask, No Entry” policy for Kuakata beach, a popular tourist spot in Patuakhali, to tackle coronavirus infections, especially during the winter season.

Tourists are not being allowed to enter Kuakata beach without masks since yesterday afternoon, reports our Patuakhali correspondent.

Tourist police are seen announcing on the beach: “Keep yourself safe and keep others safe” and “Use hand sanitizer frequently”.

Mehdi Hasan, a tourist from Pirojpur, said, “We tried to go to the beach without masks. But policemen didn’t allow us. Later I bought a mask from a local shop to go to the beach.”

Tamim Iqbal, another tourist from Barishal, said there is a risk of a second spell of infections this winter.

“Tourist police have taken good initiatives, which will increase public awareness. Everyone should use a mask and frequently wash hands with sanitizer to stay healthy,” he said.

Kuakata Tourist Police Inspector Badrul Kabir said announcements were being made at various points on the beach to make sure that tourists use masks and hand sanitizers.

This initiative has been taken to control the spread of coronavirus in the winter season, the inspector said.

If a mobile court is engaged in Kuakata beach, it will be more effective, he said.

Meanwhile, a mobile court has fined four pedestrians, including a businessman, Tk 2,200 for running a business without wearing a mask in Sadar Road area of Kalapara municipality town last night.

The mobile court led by Executive Magistrate Jagatbandhu Mandal, also Kalapara Upazila Assistant Commissioner of land, distributed masks among 100 people.

“In order to raise awareness, masks were distributed among the tourists,” he said.

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