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Delhi caps guest gatherings in weddings, funerals in view of surging COVID cases

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Delhi caps guest gatherings in weddings, funerals in view of surging COVID cases

New Delhi: As India stands second in the world for rising number of COVID-19 infections, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government on March 27 capped the maximum number of people allowed to attend a weddings celebration in closed spaces at 100 while for the open spaces the gathering has been capped at 200 in the national capital. The new orders will remain in place till April 30.

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“The Covid-19 situation has been reviewed and it has been decided that status quo should be maintained in NCT of Delhi with regard to permissible/prohibited activities as per aforesaid DDMA orders. However, the ceiling of persons in marriage, banquet halls, other gatherings/congregations and in funeral/last rites in NCT of Delhi needs to be imposed,” the Delhi Disaster Management Authority’s statement said.

In addition to this, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority’s statement also added that no more than 50 people can gather at funeral-related events in the national capital.

“ln closed spaces, a maximum of 50 percent of the hall capacity will be allowed, with a ceiling of 100 persons. In open spaces, numbers will be allowed keeping the size of the ground/ space in view with a ceiling of 200 persons subject to strict observance of wearing of face masks, maintaining social distancing, provision for thermal scanning and use of hand wash or sanitizer,” the order added.

Earlier, the AAP government had set the maximum number of people allowed to attend a wedding ceremony in a closed space at 200 while there was no limit for open spaces wedding celebrations.

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The COVID-19 footprint in the national capital has forced the government to take strict measures as on Saturday, Delhi reported a total of 1,558 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours for the third day in a row, taking the total number of cases to 6,55,834.

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