Delhi Orders Closure of Restaurants and Bars, Allows One Weekly Market To Operate Per Zone | Full Guidelines Here

Amid the rising cases of Covid-19  in the national capital, the Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Monday ordered closure of Restaurants and Bars.

Updated: January 10, 2022 8:24 PM IST

By News Desk | Edited by Victor Dasgupta

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New Delhi: Amid the rising cases of Covid-19 in the national capital, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Monday held a high-level meeting and ordered closure of restaurants and bars. However, home delivery and takeaways will be allowed at the eateries. The DDMA meeting was attended by L-G Anil Baijal, CM Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and other government officials.

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“Today’s DDMA meeting decided to close restaurants and bars & to allow ‘take away’ facility only. It was also decided to allow operation of only one weekly market per day per zone,” Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal said.

He further informed that during the meeting the Delhi Health Department was advised to make adequate arrangements for additional manpower in hospitals and to scale up the vaccination efforts including for those in age group of 15-18 years.

In recent weeks, the omicron variant has spurred an explosion in new virus cases, prompting the authorities to re-impose stern curbs which were earlier lifted owning to the waning second wave. However, on Monday, Delhi reported a slight dip in the cases. According to the data released by the State Health Department, the National Capital reported 19,166 fresh COVID cases, 14,076 recoveries, and 17 deaths.

With these latest numbers, the active cases in Delhi stands at 65,806, and death toll at 25,177.

Here are some of the important details: 

  • Delhi has decided to close restaurants and bars & allows ‘take away’ facility only
  • Delhi allows operation of only one weekly market per day per zone
  • Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday asked Delhiites not to panic as the hospitalisation rate is lower than what it was during the second wave of the pandemic when the case numbers were similar.
  • “We don’t want to impose lockdown, we won’t if you wear masks. No intent for lockdown as of now,” Kejriwal said during his Sunday address.
  • 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 7:10 PM IST

Updated Date: January 10, 2022 8:24 PM IST