NEW DELHI: Responding to multiple complaints raised by people against challans issued by traffic police for not wearing a mask even though they were alone inside their vehicle, the centre government on Friday clarified that police cannot charge a person for not wearing masking if they were traveling alone in vehicle.
In view of the COVID-19 cases soared in the country. Th health Ministry had made it mandatory or the people to wear mask when they step out of their home. But, it didn’t mention that a person travelling alone in his own vehicle to wear a mask.
But the traffic police in different states fined several people every day for riding a vehicle without face masks. Enraged public had starting tweeting their concern to several government officials through twitter. Following which, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan in a media briefing said that if there is more than one person in a car then they have to wear a mask otherwise it is not mandatory.
He even added that if a group of people accumulates a particular place then wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing are mandatory so as not to infect each other. However a person who is not wearing a face mask in a public place shall be liable for fine of Rs 500, so one must wear mask while getting down and entering into any public places other than home from their vehicles even though they were travelling alone.
Meanwhile India reported more than 83,000 new coronavirus positive case for the second consecutive day on Friday, September 4 said Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. With 83341 new coronavirus cases the tally crosses 39-lakh mark and the case load increased to 3,936,747.
The death toll due to the virus rose to 68,472 with fresh 1,088 deaths which is the second highest deaths reported after 1,099 on August 18.