New Delhi: A night curfew has been imposed in Delhi by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from Tuesday till April 30 to curb the worsening coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis in the national capital.
The night curfew will remain in effect from 10 pm to 5 am and would essentially mean gatherings at markets, restaurants, pubs, bars, nightclubs, party venues and other public places would have to disperse by 10 pm every night.
Delhi recorded 3,548 new Covid-19 cases on Monday. With this, total cases in the national capital reached 6,79,962, including 14,589 active cases. 15 new fatalities have pushed the coronavirus death toll to 11,096, according to the Delhi health department. The case positivity rate in the national capital has also risen to 5.54 per cent.
What are the restrictions imposed during this curfew?
Markets, pubs, bars and restaurants in Delhi to close by 10 pm. The night curfew, imposed with immediate effect in Delhi, has been enforced to ensure that crowds gathered at public places are dispersed by 10 pm.
This will also be applicable to guests gathered at social occasions such as wedding halls, lawns, and banquet halls. Moreover, all shopping zones, arcades and market complexes in Delhi, which remain open after the evening, will have to shut down by 10 pm.
Senior Manager of Master of Malts, Connaught Place, said, “It will be hard for us as staff salary, rents will be on stake again and survival will be tough for us as we are a night club and start from 2 pm.”
Manager of Local, a bar at Connaught Place, said, “We don't violate any norms, it will be very tough as 90 per cent sales will get reduced and we have to send back half of the staff because of salary issues.”
However, there will be no restrictions on the traffic movement during the night curfew. Public transport such as buses, metros, autos, taxis and more will be allowed to carry those passengers who are excused from the night curfew.
Pregnant women and patients going for treatment are excused from the night curfew. One will have to get an e-pass in order to travel for COVID-19 vaccinations.
The curfew rules are to restrict the movement of people, but essential goods and services will continue to operate in the curfew. Doctors who are part of private practises, nurses and paramedical staff are excused from the night curfew if they produce an ID card.
Emergency services and the owners of ration, general stores, fruits, vegetables and medical stores will be allowed during the night curfew on an e-pass.
Journalists for print and electronic media will be allowed to move on an e-pass as well. Those who are travelling to airports, railway stations and bus stations are exempt from the night curfew if they can produce a valid ticket.
“If the rules for opening new centres are simplified and everyone is allowed to be vaccinated, the Delhi government will be able to vaccinate all Delhi residents in three months,” said Kejriwal.