It is mandatory to wear mask even if alone in car, says Hyderabad CP

A woman police officer urges a man to wear facemask during an awareness campaign against the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, at a traffic junction in Hyderabad.

Hyderabad: With the number of Covid-19 cases in the city on a constant rise, the Hyderabad City Police has asked people to protect themselves by compulsorily wearing masks, with City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar stating that it was mandatory to wear a mask even if one was alone in a car. Failure to do so would have the police booking cases against violators, he said.

In a recorded message shared on social media platforms including Twitter, Anjani Kumar cited a Delhi High Court judgement and said that even if a person was driving alone in a car, it was mandatory that he or she wear a mask.

“The vehicle could be required to be stopped at a traffic signal or the person could purchase anything from the roadside by rolling down the windows, thus getting exposed to a street-side vendor,” the Commissioner said, adding that just because one was alone in car, it would not mean that the car was not a public place.

“The car was IN the definition of a public place,” he said, reiterating that wearing a mask was for the safety of oneself, family and dear ones. Earlier, Anjani Kumar said by the second week of April, there was a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in certain areas and the police would book cases if one did not wear a mask in public places.

In a separate message in connection with the forthcoming Ramzan month, the Commissioner said the city was known for its haleem, and there were about 6,000 to 8,000 cooks involved in the making of the delicacy. There were also about 20,000 people also involved in the business of haleem making.

“Please take the Covid-19 vaccine. Protect yourself, protect your customers, protect your family members. There are more than 2,000 haleem outlets in the city. So it’s important to take precautions and make haleem in a hygienic way and celebrate Ramzan in a safe and protected way,” the Commissioner said, winding up the message saying “Yahi aap se umeed hai, yahi aap se guzaarish hai.”

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