New Delhi: The East Delhi District administration has shut down Laxmi Nagar main market till July 5 PM as ‘people did not adhere to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour’. An order issued by East district magistrate Sonika Singh and Delhi Disaster Management chairperson stated, “Stretch from Vikas Marg to Lovely Public School, Kishan Kunj and its surrounding markets, like Mangal Bazaar, Vijay Chowk, Subhash Chowk, Jagatram Park, Guru Ramdas Nagar, etc would remain shut from 10pm on June 29 till 10pm on July 5 or till further orders”.Also Read - By-Election Result 2022: List Of Winners From 3 Lok Sabha, 7 State Assembly Seats

It added, “As per the Preet Vihar SDM’s report, shopkeepers, vendors and the general public in Laxmi Nagar main bazaar were not following Covid-appropriate behaviour. Due to large footfall, the market association and shopkeepers were unable to ensure Covid protocols last Sunday.” Also Read - Delhi's Daily COVID Tally Doubles With Nearly 2,000 Fresh Cases; Positivity Rate At 8.10%

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Under the phased unlock process, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government had allowed several activities including markets, malls and market complexes to reopen while maintaining protocol and strict compliance with COVID-appropriate behavior.

Earlier this week, in the order issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), marriages have also been permitted at banquet halls and other halls with maximum of 50 persons. As per the guideline, owners of banquet halls, marriage halls, hotels and gymnasiums/yoga institutes shall be responsible for ensuring strict compliance of COVID-19 appropriate behaviour in their premises.

Cinema, theatres, spas, schools, colleges and educational institutes will continue to remain closed in the national capital.

Restaurants up to 50 per cent capacity and markets have already been allowed to open. After a surge in April-May, Delhi’s new coronavirus cases continue to decline. In the last 24 hours, the city recorded 101 cases and four fatalities. It is after three days that Delhi’s single-day Covid tally breached the 100-mark, a day after reporting the lowest tally of the year — 59 — on Monday. The national capital had reported 85 new cases on Sunday and 89 cases on Saturday.

The Delhi government imposed a lockdown in the national capital on April 19 at the peak of the second wave of COVID-19. After a continuous decline in daily coronavirus cases for several days, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a phased unlocking process from May 31.