New Delhi: New restrictions with a “yellow alert” will take effect in Delhi amid a rise in Covid cases, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday. ‘Yellow Alert,’ will be in effect in the national capital from December 28. Though the restrictions were announced at 3 pm, more than half-way through the work day, the government said they would be in “immediate effect”.
Here are the new rules –
- There will be a night curfew between 10 pm and 5 am daily.
- Private offices will function with 50% staff barring those designated essential services, which includes hospitals, media, banks, insurance companies and telecom services.
- Weddings are allowed with up to 20 people and they can take place only at home or in court. The 20-person limit also applies to funerals.
- Malls and shops will open on an odd-even basis, between 10 am and 8 pm. Online deliveries can continue.
- Standalone shops or markets in residential colonies will not follow the odd-even rule.
- Cinemas, multiplexes and gyms will be closed again. Schools and colleges will stay shut.
- Restaurants and bars will be closed at 10 pm and they will operate at half capacity.
- The Delhi Metro will function with half its capacity.
- Salons, barber shops and parlours will be allowed. Spas and wellness clinics will be closed.
- Political, religious, festival-related gatherings won’t be allowed. Religious places can stay open but visitors won’t be allowed.
- Public parks will also stay open, but picnics or gatherings won’t be allowed.
We are 10 times more prepared than earlier to deal with the rise in Covid cases in Delhi,” he assured, adding that Covid cases were mild and there was no increase in the consumption of oxygen or the use of ventilators despite the rise in numbers. Mr Kejriwal also urged people of Delhi to follow other Covid rules like masks and social distancing.
GRAP is based on positivity rate, new Covid cases and the number of oxygen beds. There are four levels — yellow, amber, orange and red.
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