Delhi govt extends timing of bars; allows opening of parks

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Delhi govt extends timing of bars; allows opening of parks

Kejriwal is expected to announce more relaxations in the national capital on Saturday

Delhi govt extends timing of bars; allows opening of parks

New Delhi: As COVID-19 cases have started witnessing a dip, the Delhi government led by Arvind Kejriwal has intensified preparations for Unlock-3 in the national capital. According to reports, officials of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) are contemplating on giving more relaxations or exemptions in the coming days.

Kejriwal is expected to address the public and announce more relaxations in COVID-19 restrictions in the national capital on Saturday.

The Delhi government has allowed opening of bars from Monday and extended the timings for restaurants by two hours as part of the lifting of anti-Covid restrictions. Public parks, gardens, golf clubs and outdoor yoga activities have also been allowed by the government.

Bars will be allowed to operate from noon to 10 pm with 50 per cent seating capacity, the Delhi government said in a fresh order. Restaurants can stay open from 8 am to 10 pm, instead of the current 10 am to 8 pm.

Manoo Sharma, F&B Manger, Hotel Shanti Palace said, “We are happy that we’re opening the bar today. The bar will adhere to the Covid guidelines and maintain social distancing norms.”

Rajeev Kumar, Senior Manager of Master of Malts, Connaught Place said, “We had a hard time when we had close the bars at 8 pm. It was difficult to manage. Now that the timings are extended to 10 pm, we are relaxed.”

Talking about the opening of parks, Harish Kumar, a resident of Saral CGHS in Dwarka said, “I will now again start jogging as parks are open. I will take all the precautions while jogging in the park.”

Educational institutions, gyms, cinema halls and auditoriums will continue to remain closed. Weddings are also restricted to either at home or in court with a maximum of 20 people in attendance.

Gyms, spas, schools, colleges are cinema halls are still closed. All kinds of political, social, cultural, religious gatherings among others will not be allowed till further orders which is expected to come on June 28.