The Arvind Kejriwal government has also allowed public parks, gardens, golf clubs and outdoor yoga activities.
As part of the lifting of anti-Covid restrictions opening of bars has been allowed by the Delhi government from Monday, with additional two hours for the restaurants to function. The Arvind Kejriwal government has also allowed public parks, gardens, golf clubs and outdoor yoga activities.
In a fresh order, the Delhi government said bars will be able to open from noon to 10 pm with 50 per cent seating capacity.
Restaurants, instead of the current 10 am to 8 pm, can stay open from 8 am to 10 pm.
The fresh unlock instructions come amid warnings by doctors and public health experts about the risks of a rapid unlock. The experts have stressed that despite the ravages of the second wave of the virus in which thousands died and the healthcare system practically collapsed, especially in Delhi, the public disregard for safety norms have not changed.
Chief of Delhi’s All-India Institute of Medical Sciences and a member of the Centre’s Covid Task Force, Randeep Guleria, told NDTV that a third wave of Covid in India is “inevitable”, and it may hit the country shortly — in another six to eight weeks.
“As we have started unlocking, there is again a lack of Covid-appropriate behaviour. We don’t seem to have learnt from what happened between the first and the second wave. Again crowds are building up… people are gathering. It will take some time for the number of cases to start rising at the national level,” Dr Guleria told NDTV.
“Third wave is inevitable and it could hit the country within the next six to eight weeks… may be a little longer… It all depends on how we go ahead in terms of Covid-appropriate behaviour and preventing crowds,” he said.