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Fuel stations across the city of Mumbai, Maharashtra will not be providing fuel to customers who are not wearing face masks. Amidst the coronavirus lockdown across the country, petrol pumps in Mumbai are ensuring customers are wearing face masks and following social distancing regulations.
M Venkat Rao, President, Petrol Dealers' Association told ET Auto that customers not wearing face masks or following social distancing norms will be refused fuel. This rule is said to be applicable across all 200 fuel stations operating in the city.
He stated, everybody will have to cover their mouth and nose by wearing a mask and also follow social distancing norms when entering a fuel station. Those not following these norms will not be provided with petrol, diesel or CNG. He also stated that few fuel stations will provide masks for customers before they enter.
The directive came directly from the President on Sunday. All staff members of the 200 fuel stations in the city of Mumbai have been made aware. The directive is to ensure the safety of the staffers working at the petrol pumps across the city.
Rao also confirmed that the demand for fuel in the city has dropped by 85%. The fuel stations which are operational are running on skeletal staff, as most of them are unable to travel due to the lockdown. Rao has also sent a petition to the city collector to allow only a select number of fuel stations to be operational across the city. The fuel stations selected will be at strategic locations around Mumbai.
The coronavirus lockdown has currently put a stop to all businesses across the country. The government has also requested everyone to remain indoors, with many states even banning use of private vehicles during the lockdown period.
The nationwide lockdown began on the 24th of March 2020 and was supposed to be for a period of 21 days, till the 14th of April. However, with the coronavirus cases in the country continuing to increase everyday, the Prime Minister of India extended the lockdown till the 3rd of May.
Thoughts On Fuel Being Refused To Customers Without Masks
This is a brilliant way to ensure the safety of both the customers and the staffers at the petrol stations. The directive also helps create awareness towards safety measures which are being used to contain the spread of coronavirus in India.