Mask Mandatory Even If Driving Alone Says Delhi High Court
“Even if you are alone in the car, why object to wearing a mask? It is for your own safety. The pandemic crisis has increased. Whether a person is vaccinated or not, they should wear masks.” said Judge Pratibha M Singh while ruling out the judgement that wearing a mask is compulsory even if a person is driving alone in his private car.
The Delhi High court also termed the car ‘a public place’ and said that mask is like a ‘suraksha kavach’ (safety armour) and protects the person from other people around him and vice versa.
Many petitioners had challenged the court for the fines they were forced to pay for not wearing a mask when they were driving alone in their private vehicles. On Wednesday, The Delhi High Court passed the order with immediate effect. It made the wearing of masks compulsory even if the person is driving alone in their private vehicles, dismissing all the petitions challenging the fines.
The court said, “When a car stops at a traffic signal, a driver often has to roll down their window. The Coronavirus is so contagious that even in that time, anyone can be infected. This was the least anyone could do to be safe against covid.”
The decision of making a mask compulsory for a person traveling alone in a private vehicle came today, but the Union Health Ministry had initially informed the court that there was no such rule which states that a person driving alone has to wear a mask. Despite that, the ministry also added that it’s up to the state government to make its own rules and enforce them as health is a state subject.
The Kejriwal government has always maintained that wearing masks is mandatory in all public and private vehicles and even passed such an order in April 2020.
Recently, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal, approved rules to impose a fine of Rs. 500 for not wearing masks or for flouting any quarantine rules.