Dine-in Services Likely to be Banned at Delhi Restaurants, Private Offices May Switch to 100% WFH Amid Spiralling Cases: Reports

Delhi Mini Lockdown: The DDMA might impose restrictions under red alert across the national capital. The ‘red alert’, as per GRAP, comes into force after the positivity rate stays above 5 percent for two consecutive days.

Updated: January 10, 2022 5:59 PM IST

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Dine-in Services Likely to be Banned at Delhi Restaurants, Private Offices May Switch to 100% WFH Amid Spiralling Cases: Reports

New Delhi: With the rise in Coronavirus cases and positivity rate fuelled by the new Omicron variant of coronavirus, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority has reportedly decided to ban dining at restaurants. However, home delivery and takeaways will be allowed at the eateries, said reports. The decision was reportedly taken at the DDMA meeting which was attended by L-G Anil Baijal, CM Arvind Kejriwal and other government officials. The meeting was called to discuss further restrictions, including red alert or ‘total curfew’, under the Graded Response Action plan. If reports are to be believed, the DDMA might impose restrictions under red alert across the national capital. The ‘red alert’, as per GRAP, comes into force after the positivity rate stays above 5 percent for two consecutive days.

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The agenda of the meeting included a review of the COVID-19 situation and preparation in the wake of rising Omicron cases in Delhi, a discussion on the implementation of GRAP (Level 4 Red), and a review of the vaccination programme. According to Delhi Health Department, the city’s positivity rate has climbed to 23.53 per cent. On Sunday, the national capital reported 22,751 fresh Covid-19 cases — the highest in the last eight months, after recording 25,219 cases on May 1.  The new cases have pushed the infection tally to 15,49,730, and active Covid cases to 60,733 — the highest since May 16.

Here are the Key Updates

  • Restrictions are likely to be tightened further in the national capital amidst the spike in Covid-19 cases, but there will be no lockdown for now, said DDMA.
  • As per the latest reports, the DDMA may bring back stricter curbs to break the chain of the transmission.
  • The DDMA might direct private offices to switch to 100 per cent work from home.
  • DDMA meeting over COVID situation in the National Capital concludes.
  •  Restaurant dine-in service likely to be discontinued, news agency ANI reported quoting sources.

  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is also present in the meeting.
  • DDMA meeting begins virtually.
  • Cases in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata are likely to peak around the middle of this month, in the next few days in fact…But this wave will be almost over by the end of this month in these cities, said Manindra Agrawal, IIT Kanpur professor on the third wave.
  • Earlier on Sunday, while addressing a presser, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had said there is no plan to impose a lockdown as of now in the city, and that there will be no need for it if people wear masks.
  • If DDMA decides to put the city on red alert, then a total curfew will be imposed across the national capital. Besides, all non-essential shops, Metro trains, and government offices, except those dealing with essential services will be asked to remain shut.
  • More than 300 police personnel, including Station House Officers (SHOs), the Public Relations Officer (PRO), and Additional Commissioner Chinmoy Biswal have tested positive for Covid. All the officials have quarantined themselves.
  •  Weekend curfew was imposed in Delhi from 10 pm on Friday till 5 am on Monday. However, the government relaxed the restrictions for Sunday on the occasion of Prakash Purab.
  • Earlier last week, the DDMA had allowed 100 per cent seating capacity in the buses and Metro trains in view of heavy crowd at bus stands and Metro stations. However, standing passengers are not allowed.

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Published Date: January 10, 2022 8:44 AM IST

Updated Date: January 10, 2022 5:59 PM IST