The Bench told Mehta that "There is a lack of will everywhere".Mehta accepted that it was a pan-India problem and that certain urgent measures, including the imposition of a higher fine on violators, can be ordered by the Supreme Court. At this, the bench reiterated that enhancing the fine may not suffice until there is proper implementation. Mehta, on behalf of the Government of Gujarat, had sought a stay of the high court order to send those not wearing masks in public to perform non-medical duties in Coronavirus centres as punishment.
The bench concurred with the solicitor general that such punishment may pose serious health risks even to non-Covid-19 persons and stayed this part of the order. It further asked all State Governments to submit suggestions by Monday, 07 December, 2020 on how to control public gatherings & ensure compliance with the requirement of wearing masks & maintaining social distancing. The bench said it will consider issuing directions for all states after the responses are received.