Delhi High Court has asked the Delhi Government to advertise the correct way of using a face mask, as stipulated in the guidelines of the Union Health Ministry, in both the print and electronic media.
The Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan further said that the said information shall also be displayed on the websites of all municipal authorities as well as on the website of Delhi Cantonment Board so that the public at large may come to know as to when and how to use the masks.
The order has come in a plea seeking directions to be issued to the Delhi Government to frame rules. issue and publicise instructions/guidelines norms for the proper wearing/usage/handling of all kinds of masks.
Mr Naushad Ahmed Khan, who appeared for the Delhi Government, submitted that regarding "when and how to use masks", requisite guidelines have already been issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
At this point, the court also took note of the fact that there is a pictorial narration or presentation also as to when and how to wear a mask in the aforesaid guidelines of the Union Health Ministry.
In light of the submissions, the court said:
'Looking to the fact that there are already guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, on how to use masks by the public in this Covid-19 pandemic situation, we see no reason to give further guidance or directions in this regard to the respondents. Nonetheless, respondent, if their experts so advise, may make necessary changes in the pictorial presentation or amend the guidelines.'
The Petitioner in this case was represented by Mr Vivek Punia
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