The Delhi High Court described the face covering as a ‘suraksha kavach’, or protective shield, against the spread of the infection.
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday ruled that wearing a mask while driving alone in a private vehicle is compulsory in the context of COVID-19 and described the face covering as a ‘suraksha kavach’, or protective shield, against the spread of the infection.
The judgement was passed by a single Judge Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh in a batch of petitions challenging the imposition of fines on those driving alone in their cars while not wearing a mask.
All these petitions were dismissed without merit, observing: “A mask is like a Suraksha Kavach for preventing the spread of the coronavirus. It protects the person wearing it as also the person who is exposed…wearing of masks has been one measure that has saved millions of lives,” the court said.
“Wearing of a mask therein would be compulsory in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Court added.
Pointing out the importance of wearing a mask, the court further said that in the beginning of the outbreak of the global pandemic, several experts, doctors and researchers emphasised the need to wear masks. Even after vaccination, one must not do away with the masks, the court said, adding that immediately after the outbreak of the pandemic, it was reiterated that wearing a mask is of paramount importance.
However, the decision comes at a time when the Capital is witnessing a fresh surge in the number of daily infections and a night curfew from 10pm to 5am has been imposed in the city. On Tuesday, Delhi reported 5,100 new infections, the highest in this year so far.