Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Shops, malls, restaurants to reopen in Delhi

Shops, malls and restaurants in Delhi will open from Monday as Covid numbers in the national capital drop to a three-month low. Shops will be open seven days a week instead of the current odd-even system. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, however, said this will be on trial basis for a week and strict action will be taken if the Covid numbers rise.

Shop timings will remain the same, from 10 am to 8 pm, Mr Kejriwal said.

Restaurants — which were open only for takeaways and home deliveries — can now have diners but with only 50 per cent of seating capacity.

Weekly markets have also been allowed but with 50 per cent vendors and only one market per day will function in each municipal zone. Salons can open but spas will remain shut.

MUST READ  ‘Punjab will be your nemesis, farm laws your death knell: Capt Amarinder to BJP

Government offices can open with full capacity, private offices with 50 per cent capacity. Delhi Metro and buses will run at 50 per cent capacity.

Schools, colleges and educational Institutions will remain shut.

“If the cases of infection keep decreasing in the current manner, then our life will gradually come back on track. It is a great tragedy and we all have to face it together,” Mr Kejriwal told the media.

MUST READ  Mass cremations as Delhi faces Deluge of Covid deaths

On Saturday, Delhi government data indicated that only 213 cases were recorded over a 24-hour period — the lowest in more than three months, bringing the overall caseload to 14,30,884. The national capital also recorded 28 deaths due to COVID-19 which took the total death count to 24,800.

MUST READ  Delhi lockdown extended till May 17, Metro halted

The current figures are a huge improvement on the numbers from  April-May as the national capital crossed 28,000, an all-time high. The subsequent crisis at hospitals – with a shortage of drugs, beds and oxygen – had made headlines.

Kejriwal has since underscored the need for caution in the unlock process, declaring that the hard-fought gains made over the last weeks should not be squandered.

Latest news

England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson to miss first Ashes Test

England have taken a massive hit on the eve of the opening Ashes Test with veteran fast bowler Jimmy Anderson ruled out with a...

Travellers warned of delays as Queensland border reopens from Dec 13

Travellers have been warned to expect considerable delays at Queensland border checkpoints - at least in the short term - once the state reopens to interstate COVID-19 hotspots...

NSW schools closed today as teachers strike over pay, staff shortages

The New South Wales Teachers Federation has issued a blunt message to the government as hundreds of schools close across the state today due to...

Victoria covid numbers remain high at 1,185; Premier says no aggressive omicron strategy

Victoria has recorded 1,185 new local COVID-19 cases and seven deaths. There are now 13,050 active cases of the virus in Victoria, and 566...

Related news

England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson to miss first Ashes Test

England have taken a massive hit on the eve of the opening Ashes Test with veteran fast bowler Jimmy Anderson ruled out with a...
MUST READ  Delhi’s air quality turns severe on Diwali

Travellers warned of delays as Queensland border reopens from Dec 13

Travellers have been warned to expect considerable delays at Queensland border checkpoints - at least in the short term - once the state reopens to interstate COVID-19 hotspots...

NSW schools closed today as teachers strike over pay, staff shortages

The New South Wales Teachers Federation has issued a blunt message to the government as hundreds of schools close across the state today due to...

Victoria covid numbers remain high at 1,185; Premier says no aggressive omicron strategy

Victoria has recorded 1,185 new local COVID-19 cases and seven deaths. There are now 13,050 active cases of the virus in Victoria, and 566...

Vick-Kat fly to Rajasthan for wedding, Salman’s personal guard Shera to provide security

Soon-to-be newlyweds Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal flew out of Mumbai today to Rajasthan where they will marry this week. Katrina Kaif, all dressed up in an...

Toddler killed, 3 other family members critically injured in Calder Freeway crash

A two-year-old has died, while four others, including a baby, have been critically injured in a major crash involving a semi-trailer and three cars...

10 new Omicron cases detected in NSW, ACT case linked to gym

An additional 10 cases of the Omicron strain of COVID-19 have been recorded in New South Wales, with nine being locally-acquired infections and one a returned...

21 Omicron cases in India, numbers rising

India's Omicron tally is steadily rising with fresh cases of the variant in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Delhi. Seven in Maharashtra, nine in Jaipur and...