New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced that all relaxations on coronavirus lockdown proposed by Home Minister Amit Shah will be applicable starting Monday. As a result, non-essential standalone and neighbourhood shops, even liquor shop, will open from tomorrow. Also Read - Lockdown 5.0 or Final Exit Plan? Centre Readies Roadmap to Fight Covid-19 From June 1 Ahead
The much-awaited announcement was made in a press briefing this evening and traders were elated as they could finally resume their work and recover the losses of the past two months. Also Read - COVID-19: Maharashtra Records 105 Deaths, 2190 Cases in Last 24 Hours, Total Tally at 56948
“The time has come to re-open Delhi and we are ready for it. We are in touch with Centre. We hope that markets will start operating soon in Delhi. It may cause a rise in the number of cases, but we are ready to deal with the situation,” the CM said. Also Read - On Call, PM Modi Discusses Economic Impact of Coronavirus With Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa
“It is impossible that there will be no cases of coronavirus because it has not happened across the world. We will have to be ready to live with coronavirus. We will have to get used to it,” he said, and added, “The Delhi government will implement all lockdown relaxations prescribed by the home ministry.”
Notably, India will enter the third phase of nationwide lockdown on Monday with several relaxations in areas based on whether they fall under red, orange, or green zone.
Here are the COVID-19 relaxations in Delhi starting tomorrow:
1. All government offices will resume on Monday. Offices in essential services will see 100 per cent staff attendance, while for non-essential government departments, only deputy secretary and 33 per cent of the staff will work from the office.
2. Private offices allowed to open with 33 per cent staff.
3. Standalone shops, neighbourhood shops allowed to open. These include:
- Grocery stores
- Stationary shops
- Liquor shops
- Electronics, gadget stores
- Medicines and cosmetic shops
- Merchant stores, and any other standalone shop
4. Private four wheeler vehicles will be allowed to commute with a driver and 2 rear passengers only to access essential services.
5. Print and digital media firms, I-T, e-commerce firms allowed to open.
6. Self-employed individuals, start-ups can rsume activities.
7. Wedding functions with up to 50 people, funerals with 20 people will be allowed.
Here’s what will still be prohibited:
1. Flights, trains, Delhi metro services and buses will continue to be banned until central notice.
2. Schools, colleges, malls, gyms, nightclubs and any other social, political, cultural and sports gatherings to remain banned.
3. Salons and spas to remain shut.
4. Lockdown curfew to be followed between 7 PM and 7 AM.
Delhi has been under a coronavirus-forced lockdown since March 23. However, with the latest guidelines issued on Friday, the Centre extended the lockdown until May 17.