Shanxi Province imposes fines on spitting in public areas

 Monday, May 18, 2020 



Northern Chinese region, Shanxi Province is going to introduce fines on spiting in public areas and parks. The civil administration in Shanxi Province has passed legislation on banning the bad habit, as it is considered a threat to public health amid this deadly pandemic.

The regulation was passed by the Standing Committee of the 13th People’s Congress of Shanxi Province, the local legislature, and prohibits spitting in public places such as cultural and sports venues, medical and health centers, education and teaching workplaces, enterprises and institutions.

The citizens of this region who spit and refuse to clean their sputum face fines of between 100 and 500 yuan ($70). Spitting in public is widely seen in China.

The people should also cover their noses when coughing or sneezing in public places. When spitting, they must wrap their sputum in tissue paper and put it in the trash. The regulation also requires people who suffer from infectious respiratory diseases to wear masks in public places.

The sanitation workers, traffic officers and individual citizens are encouraged to report people who continue the bad habit, and those who inform on them will be rewarded, according to the regulation.

The local government of Shanxi Province will also form an administrative punishment record system to record the violators into the public credit information system and expose their actions to shame them.

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