New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday said that a vehicle is a public place and it is mandatory to wear masks even inside a four-wheeler.
"The mask is a protective shield against the spread of the COVID-19 virus," the Delhi High Court said.
The Delhi High Court held that vaccinated persons should also wear masks. This statement was made when the High Court heard petitions challenging invoicing of people for not wearing masks alone in private cars.
"At the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic many experts, doctors and researchers had emphasized the need to wear masks. Masks should be worn even if a person is vaccinated," the Delhi High Court said.
Petitioner demands Rs 10 lakh for mental harassment
The petitioners approached the Delhi High Court and stated that during a press conference the Center stated that there was no need to wear masks while being alone in private cars. One of the petitioners also asked for a refund of Rs 500, the amount he paid and then demanded Rs 10 lakh as compensation for being mentally tortured.
The Center has not issued guidelines regarding the wearing of masks in private cars. The Health Ministry said that health is a "state subject" and the Delhi government has the authority to set such guidelines.
The Delhi government argued that a DDMA order was issued in April 2020, requiring private cars to wear masks while driving.
Delhi Health Minister urges people to wear masks
In view of the revival of COVID-19, Delhi Health Minister Satinder Jain urged people to wear masks. He said a night curfew was imposed in the national capital to avoid parties and gatherings.
He assured that there would be no problem in issuing e-passes. He said 33 hospitals started vaccinations around the clock and requested the center to allow people of all ages to be vaccinated.