Saturday 28 November, 2020

Young: ‘If you’re alone in your car, you don’t need the mask’

Minister of National Security, Stuart Young

Minister of National Security, Stuart Young

As mandatory mask-wearing in public is set to come on stream, many have wondered what the remit is surrounding personal vehicles. 

Minister of National Security, Stuart Young, attempted to lend some clarity. He says, if a person is in a vehicle alone, they don’t need to wear a mask. However, regardless of who else is in there, masks are necessary. 

“It is going to be very difficult to police if you are family or is persons are in a PH (private hire) car. If there is one person in a vehicle, then I think you wouldn’t be charged. 

“Even with families, please wear the mask because it is going to be difficult from an enforcement point of view,” he explained. 

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley explained that while it’s not the intention of the government to over-police the situation, the goal of flattening the COVID-19 curve can be achieved if there is as much compliance as possible. 

Legislation for mandatory mask-wearing has been passed in the House of Representatives, while the Senate carries on their turn for the debate today.

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