The Delhi High Court on Wednesday said a mask is compulsory even if a person is driving alone in a private vehicle. A car will be taken as a "public place", rules the High Court.
The HC said that mask acts as a 'suraksha kavach' (safety armour), which would prevent the spread of Covid-19. It also said that wearing of masks in Delhi was compulsory for everyone.
Announcing the decision while hearing a case involving fines for not wearing a mask while driving alone, Judge Pratibha M Singh said, "Even if you are alone in the car, why object to wearing a mask? It is for your own safety."
"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," the court said.
A single judge bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh also dismissed all petitions challenging the fines imposed on those people who did not wear masks when they were alone in their cars.
Earlier, the Aam Aadmi Party government has argued in favour of masks for all in private or public vehicles and had also passed such an order in April 2020.