If the police find you without a mask in public, you will be fined. The amount of the fine is different for all states. You may also be penalised under the Indian Penal Code for the negligent act of risking public health with a punishment of jail time upto six months, with fine or both1.
You are also supposed to wear a mask when you are travelling in a car. In the case of Saurabh Sharma v. Sub-Divisional Magistrate and Ors.2, Delhi High Court in 2021 held that wearing a mask is compulsory even if you are travelling alone in a car. So if you are found not wearing a mask in the car, you may be fined by the police in your State.
- Section 269, Indian Penal Code.
- 2021 SCC OnLine Del 1530.
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