On Thursday, The Delhi Disaster Management Authority decided to lift the odd-even system of opening non-essential shops and weekend curfew in the city. Cinema halls, restaurants and bars have been permitted to reopen with 50 per cent seating capacity. The capital reported 4,291 new COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate at 9.56 per cent in the last 24 hours.
However, night curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. will remain in place. Among other measures, the number of guests at weddings has been raised to 200 from 20. Educational institutes such as schools and colleges will remain shut for now. The government offices have also been allowed to reopen with 50 per cent staff.
The new rules were announced after the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) held a meeting to take stock of the COVID-19 situation in the city. The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and DDMA Chairman and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, along with other experts and officials.
Pooja Naik is Senior Sub-Editor at National Geographic Traveller India. She likes to take long leisurely walks with both hands in her pocket; channeling her inner Gil Pender at Marine Drive since Paris is a continent away.