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Delhi’s big unlocking: all Shops, restaurants to reopen from tomorrow

By Priyanka Verma 
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As part of the phased unlock plan in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Sunday that all market activities will be allowed from Monday at 5 am, but with certain restrictions.

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Shops, malls and restaurants in Delhi will open from tomorrow as Covid numbers in the national capital drop to a three-month low. Shops will be open seven days a week instead of the current odd-even system. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, however, said this will be on trial basis for a week and strict action will be taken if the Covid numbers rise.

Shop timings will remain the same, from 10 am to 8 pm, Mr Kejriwal said.

Restaurants — which were open only for takeaways and home deliveries — can now have diners but with only 50 per cent of seating capacity.

Weekly markets have also been allowed but with 50 per cent vendors and only one market per day will function in each municipal zone. Salons can open but spas will remain shut.

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Government offices can open with full capacity, private offices with 50 per cent capacity. Delhi Metro and buses will run at 50 per cent capacity.

Schools, colleges and educational Institutions will remain shut.

Swimming pools, amusement parks, water parks will also remain shut and no public gatherings are allowed. Religious places can open but no devotee will be allowed, the Chief Minister said.

“If the cases of infection keep decreasing in the current manner, then our life will gradually come back on track. It is a great tragedy and we all have to face it together,” Mr Kejriwal told the media.

“We will observe this for one week. If cases increase, stricter restrictions will have to be reimposed, otherwise, it will be continued,” Kejriwal added.

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A lockdown was imposed in the national capital on 19 April in view of the raging third wave of coronavirus. The restrictions were then extended multiple times until the gradual lifting of curbs started on 31 May.

In the first phase of the unlock process, construction and factory work was exempted from the lockdown.

Afterwards, the government allowed private offices, shops and malls to function from 7 June, albeit with some restrictions. Delhi Metro services were also resumed then.

Covid situation in Delhi

The national capital is reporting a dipping trend in the number of new infections and deaths.

According to a health bulletin on Saturday, Delhi saw 213 fresh Covid cases with 0.3% positivity rate in the last 24 hours. Also, the number of deaths came down to 25.

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There were 414 Covid-19 cases with 0.5% positivity rate and 60 fatalities last Saturday.

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