Mumbai is grappling with a huge increase in the number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases. The administration has put strict brakes in place to control the movement of people and stop the spread of the disease. But that doesn’t stop the townspeople from asking to go out.
One of those requests came from Ashwin Vinod, who asked Mumbai police what color sticker should he use to go out and meet his girlfriend. The police response was prompt and courteous.
“We understand this is essential for you sir, but unfortunately it does not fall into our essential or emergency categories!” Distance makes the heart more loving, and you are healthier now. PS We wish you life together. responded to Ashwin Vinod’s tweet.
They also used the hashtag #StayHomeStaySafe to convey the message that it is safe to be home during Covid-19.
Currently, Article 144 of the CrPC – which prohibits the gathering of five or more people in one place – is in force in Mumbai and other parts of the state due to the increase in case of Covid-19. City police force emergency / essential service vehicles to affix colored stickers in an attempt to restrict vehicle traffic.
The 6 inch circular stickers are available in three colors: red, green and yellow.
Vehicles used by doctors, medical personnel (including ambulances) display a red sticker. Those involved in the transportation of food, vegetables, fruits, groceries and dairy products will have stickers in green. If a person goes to the airport or to the ATM, they must affix a yellow sticker to their vehicle.
Police enforce restraining orders strictly and action is taken against vehicles, which are on the streets for no good reason.
Meanwhile, the police response was well received and widely appreciated by users of the microblogging site.
“Very thoughtful response in these difficult times. Each person has their own essentials. Please keep us engaged with witty responses and we are eternally grateful for your service! You take care of Mumbai like no one else does. Done! You all stay safe and healthy! ”Twitter user Satyan Israni said.
Mumbai Police Twitter account has over 50 lakh followers.