Delhi Unlock: Government permits metro to function at 100%, cinemas to reopen with 50% capacity

Delhi Unlock Guidelines: Kejriwal Government has allowed the theatres, spas, and cinemas to reopen with 50% occupancy. Metro services in the city are also allowed to operate with a 100% seating capacity from July 26, 2021. 

Created On: Jul 26, 2021 18:40 ISTModified On: Jul 26, 2021 18:40 IST

Delhi Unlock Guidelines: Kejriwal Government has allowed the theatres, spas, and cinemas to reopen with 50% occupancy from July 26, 2021. Metro services in the city are also allowed to operate with a 100% seating capacity.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), as part of Unlock-8, has also permitted the buses including the cluster and DTC buses to function at full capacity.

The new guidelines by the State Government came into effect from 5 am and have come amid the decreasing number of COVID-19 cases in the National Capital. 

Earlier, the Delhi Government has finally allowed the gymnasiums to open with 50% capacity. The Kejriwal government has also permitted marriages at marriage halls, banquet halls, and hotels with a ceiling of 50 persons from June 28, 2021. 

As the positive COVID-19 cases in Delhi are getting under control, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the latest unlock guidelines in Delhi giving further relaxation to day-to-day activities for the citizens. 

As the state saw a decline in the fresh reported cases, the ruling government had permitted the opening of restaurants, religious places, weekly markets among others from June 14, 2021. However, they were allowed to function under certain criteria.

The Aam Aadmi Party government had allowed certain activities to function from June 7, 2021, in the National Capital. It included the opening of malls, markets, private and government offices, and Delhi Metro.

Keeping in view the crisis faced by migrant workers due to lockdown, the Kejriwal government had announced the resumption of construction activities and reopening of factories on May 31, 2021.

However, the Chief Minister had made it repeatedly clear that the city will go in lockdown again, in case, it sees the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. 

The National Capital had been under lockdown since April 19, 2021, to curb the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the city. 

What will open in Delhi?

• The wedding ceremonies, which were earlier allowed with 50 people, can now take place with 100 people in attendance. The marriages will be permitted at marriage halls, banquet halls, hotels with a ceiling of 100 people.

•  As per the order by Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), the owners of marriage halls, banquet halls, hotels, and gymnasiums/yoga institutes will be responsible for ensuring the strict compliance of COVID-19 appropriate behaviour in their premises.

•  100 people are allowed to attend funeral/last rites-related gatherings. 

•  Yoga Institutes/Gymnasiums will be allowed to open up to 50% of capacity. 

•  Restaurants with 50% capacity are allowed to open from 8 am to 10 pm.

The restaurant Owners will be responsible for the strict adherence to the prescribed standard operating procedure and the government guidelines. 

The religious places will be allowed to reopen, however, no visitors will be allowed.

• Weekly markets have been permitted to open with 50% vendors and only one market per day will function in each municipal zones.

• Markets, malls, and market complexes which were permitted to open earlier on an odd-even basis, will now be open on all days, from 10 am to 8 pm.

• Beauty parlors, salons, and barbershops which were closed since April 19, 2021, will also be allowed to function. 

• Delhi Metro and buses will continue to function at 100% seating capacity as earlier. 

There will also be no restriction on the intra-state and inter-state movement of persons and goods, and no separate permission or an e-pass will be required for such movements.

• Government offices in Delhi can now function at full capacity and private offices with 50% capacity. 

What will remain close in Delhi?

• Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutes, swimming pools, auditoriums, public parks and gardens, amusement parks, and water parks will remain close.

• Political, sports, social, academic, entertainment, festival-related, cultural-religious, and other gatherings and stadia, congregations, and sports complexes barring those used for training or any national or international event, business to business exhibitions, will also be prohibited.

Measures taken to combat third wave of pandemic in Delhi

The Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal while talking about the third wave of pandemic informed that the government has already been working on the measures to combat the third wave of COVID-19 pandemic. A pediatric task force has been set up as part of the measure.

• 420 tonnes of oxygen storage capacity is also being prepared to fight the third wave of the pandemic. Delhi Government has also spoken to Indraprastha Gas Limited to produce 150 tonnes of oxygen.

• For the detection of new variants of COVID-19, two genome sequencing labs will also be set up by the Kejriwal Government.

What did CM Kejriwal say about Unlocking Delhi?

While talking about the COVID-19 cases in Delhi, the Chief Minister informed that the positivity rate in the city has come down to 1.5%. Delhi has reported 1,100 cases in the last 24 hours.

He added that the COVID-19 cases in Delhi are coming down gradually and there is also an availability of COVID beds in the hospital as well as in the COVID Care centers. 

The Chief Minister while making the announcement stated that the unlocking's focus, initially, will be on the daily wagers and the sectors that involve daily wage labourers, and they are usually found in the factories and construction fields. 

He further informed that the Construction activities & the factories will be reopened from May 31 keeping the daily wage workers in mind.

From Monday (May 31), productive units will be allowed to function in the industrial areas within the confines of the manufacturing premises. The workers, in the specified compounds, will also be allowed to carry out the construction activities.

Delhi CM urges COVID appropriate behaviour:

Chief Minister while announcing the unlock news urged the citizens to follow the COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and added that the city may have to opt for the lockdown if there is an increase in the fresh COVID-19 cases. 

As per the Delhi health Bulletin on May 27, 2021, the city has recorded 1,072 fresh cases and 117 new deaths in the last 24 hours. 

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  • Krishan GopalMay 28, 2021
    will the cars showrooms open on monday
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