High court seeks Delhi government stance on 'fashion masks'
The Delhi High Court has asked the Delhi government for its stance on the widespread manufacture and use of ‘fashion masks’ and whether they are in accordance with rules and regulations.
Activist Jai Dhar Gupta had petitioned the Delhi High Court stating that the manufacture and sale of face masks designed to prevent the spread of Covid-19 was not correctly regulated and urged the local government to step in, the Press Trust of India reported. The plea was opposed by a Delhi government standing council which argued that the Bureau of Indian Standards has already laid down standards for the manufacture and sale of face masks.
Gupta has argued that the trend for people matching their face masks to their outfits and ‘fashion masks’ are not providing people with ample protection against Covid-19 as these masks are usually single layered and not made from appropriate textiles. Many clothing manufacturers have turned to producing face masks during the pandemic as they face dwindling garment orders.
The court ruled to have a hearing on the matter on June 4 and the court has ordered the petitioner to provide specific examples of manufacturing and retailing regulations being flouted. The court also sought the stance of the Delhi government on the implementation of the rules, regulations, and standards concerning the manufacture and sale of masks.
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