On Sunday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the Delhi Government would implement the latest guidelines prescribed by the Ministry of Home Affairs, relating to the ongoing nationwide lockdown, for dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
On Monday, the third phase of the nationwide lockdown begins. Based on case reports, the country has been divided into Red, Orange, and Green Zones, with Red being those with the highest concentration of cases. All 11 districts of Delhi fall in the Red Zone. However, the Chief Minister said that turning all of Delhi into a Red Zone was creating two big problems – loss of jobs and revenue going down.
Kejriwal said that therefore only the containment areas should be designated as Red Zones. The government is thus looking to implement more relaxation in areas that have been less affected by Covid-19. “The lockdown was necessary to contain Covid-19, but Delhi is fully ready to relax lockdown restrictions,” he announced via video conference on Sunday.
The following are some of the relaxations announced by the Delhi Government:
- Offices will become operational from Monday, with 100 percent attendance for government offices with essential services and 33 percent for those with non-essential services and for private offices.
- Suspension of inter-state buses, metros, air travel, and autos to continue.
- Movement of people between 7 PM to 7 AM to be barred.
- Some categories of people who are more vulnerable to infection: persons above 65, pregnant women, persons with serious diseases, and children below 10 will not be allowed to go out.
- Delivery of essential goods through e-commerce portals will continue but the e-retailers will not be allowed to sell non-essential items online nor deliver any such goods to consumers.
- Malls, cinemas, salons, market complexes, and other places where crowds can gather, for political, cultural, or sports gatherings – will all remain shut.
- Standalone shops, irrespective of essential or non-essential items, and stationery shops will remain open.
“The time has come to re-open Delhi. We will have to be ready to live with coronavirus,” Chief Minister Kejriwal said.
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