Thursday, December 9, 2021

Delhi Unlock: Malls, markets to open on odd-even basis, Metro at 50% capacity

 Giving impetus to the Delhi “unlocking” plan, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced that markets and shopping malls in the city will be allowed to open on an odd-even basis, similar to the strategy employed to beat air pollution in the national capital, as the city finds its way out of the devastating second wave of coronavirus.

The standalone shops, however, will be allowed to open daily from 10am to 8 pm. Home delivery through e-commerce platforms has also been okayed.

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The Delhi Metro too will begin its run again, but only at 50 per cent seating capacity.

Private offices, said the Chief Minister, can be opened with 50 per cent manpower with staggered work hours. The work-from-home mode should still be used widely, urged the Chief Minister.

For public sector offices, Category A employees can work on all days, but all categories under them should work at 50 per cent capacity, said the state government.

Gymnasiums, swimming pools, water parks, salons, educational and coaching institutes, cinema halls, theatres, weekly markets will remain shut.

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“As and when the situation keeps improving, more relaxations will be announced. This is what is being done currently,” said Mr Kejriwal.

The Chief Minister said the government is making provisions for children and is setting up a panel, as well as a task force to track the next wave of infections.

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“We are preparing for third wave of COVID-19 keeping in mind that 37,000 cases may be reported at its peak,” said Mr Kejriwal.

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