Omicron effect: Delhi imposes more brakes on social activities, transport

The Delhi government on Tuesday imposed more restrictions on social activities, economic activities and travel in the nation’s capital due to increased cases of Omicron and COVID-19.

Spas, gymnasiums, yoga institutes and entertainment parks will remain closed, but outdoor yoga will be permitted. Delhi Metro will operate with 50% seating capacity and standing travel will not be permitted. At the same time, state-to-state buses will operate with a 50% seating capacity, while only two passengers will be allowed to travel by auto, electric rickshaw, taxi and rickshaw. -bike pushes, ”he said.

Private offices will be allowed to open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a capacity of 50%. Restaurants will open at 50% of their capacity, but from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., while bars will also open at 50% of their capacity, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Under it, a provision provides for the closure of cinemas, multiplexes, banquet halls and auditoriums. The hotels will remain open but banquets and conference rooms inside the hotel will remain closed.

In accordance with the intervention plan, sports complexes, stadiums and swimming pools are closed on yellow alert, although national or international sports can be organized. Only 20 people will be allowed to attend the wedding ceremony and funeral. The religious places will remain open but the entry of the faithful will be restricted. This alert also contains a provision banning social, political, religious, festive and entertainment activities, although this ban is still in effect in Delhi.

The number of COVID-19 cases has been observed to increase rapidly over the past few days and the positivity rate has reached over 0.5% for two consecutive days, in addition to a steady increase in the new variant. Omicron of COVID-19 in Delhi therefore, as per the aforementioned DDMA ordinance, Delhi has entered into a level 1 (yellow level) of restrictions on social activities, economic activities, transportation and travel in Delhi NCT.

“As the COVID-19 positivity rate has been above 0.5% over the past few days, we are applying Level 1 (yellow alert) of the Graduated Response Action Plan (GRAP),” Kejriwal said.

According to GRAP, there will be a nighttime curfew on the movement of people between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. throughout Delhi NCT.

All other relevant authorities will take the necessary steps to ensure compliance with it in their respective fields and will adequately inform and sensitize officials in the field about this order for strict compliance, in letter and spirit. , according to the order.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority has issued an order in this regard.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority has already issued an ordinance in which it was ordered that within the territory of Delhi NCT (outside of containment zones), permitted / prohibited / restricted activities comply with “level d ‘alert’ specified in the graduated response action. Plan (GRAP) attached to the said decree for effective management of COVID-19 in NCT Delhi.

As soon as a parameter (out of three parameters) reaches the specified alert level, the “alert order” must be issued and authorized / prohibited. The restricted activities prescribed at this level will automatically become operational on the territory of the Delhi NCT and all the authorities concerned shall take the necessary measures to ensure their respect in their respective fields.

All District Magistrates, District DCPs, Zone Deputy Commissioners / Relevant Municipal Company Authorities / New Delhi City Council / Delhi Cantonment Council and Secretary (L&P), GNCTD must be ‘ensure that this alert order must be disseminated through all modes of media and communication to the public and all restrictions, bans must be in place with immediate effect depending on the level of alert.

In the event that a person violates the aforementioned instructions, the defaulting person (s) will be prosecuted in accordance with the provisions of Articles 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Law, 2005, Article 188 of IPC and others. applicable laws, in addition to the imposition of fines as notified by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, GNCTD.

The nation’s capital reported 331 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, which is the highest single-day peak in the past six months. On June 6, the capital reported 331 cases of COVID-19.

In addition, the positivity rate in the city rose to 0.68%, which is the highest in the past six months. On June 2, the positivity rate was 0.78%.

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Joel C. Hicks