COVID-19: Delhi lifts weekend curfew, no odd-even for shops

A deserted view of the Sadar Bazar market during weekend curfew amid coronavirus pandemic in New Delhi on January 16, 2022 (Qamar Sibtain/IANS)

COVID-19: Delhi lifts weekend curfew, no odd-even for shops

New Delhi, January 27, 2022

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Thursday decided to lift the weekend curfew and the odd-even rule for opening of shops in markets which had been imposed some weeks ago as part of measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the night curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. will continue in the national capital.

The decision to relax the curbs was taken at a meeting of the DDMA chaired by Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal with Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal earlier in the day.

Bars and restaurants and cinema will reopen with 50 per cent capacity in the capital city now. However, the academic institution will remain closed for now. The reopening of schools is expected to be discussed in the next DDMA meeting.

The Delhi government also said that government offices would open with 50 per cent capacity in the capital city. The DDMA has also capped the number of people attending weddings in the national capital to 200.

The decision has been taken following the declining numbers of COVID-19 cases in the city.

Meanwhile, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Thursday said that the COVID-19 situation is under control in the city. He said that the national capital may report below 5,000 cases by this evening.

The national capital Delhi on Wednesday reported a marginal rise in COVID-19 cases at 7,498, against 6,028 cases reported on Tuesday. As many as 29 deaths were also reported.


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