Delhi govt announces slew of relaxations amid improving Covid situation

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Delhi govt announces slew of relaxations amid improving Covid situation

From Monday, commuters will be able to sit on all the seats inside metro coaches

Delhi govt announces slew of relaxations amid improving Covid situation

New Delhi: The Delhi government on Saturday announced many relaxations which included full capacity operation of metro and bus services from July 26 (Monday). The relaxation has come in view of the improving Covid situation in the city.

“It has been observed that the number of Covid-19 patients and the positivity rate has declined considerably and the overall situation has improved,” the Delhi Disaster Management Authority order said.

“Metro and buses are permitted to operate with 100% capacity in Delhi from 5 am, July 26. Cinema halls, theatres, and multiplexes will function with 50% capacity,” DDMA order read.
From Monday, commuters will be able to sit on all the seats inside metro coaches. Around 50 persons per coach will be allowed inside the metro. However, no standing passengers will be allowed. Earlier, alternate seats were only available for commuters.

On the other hand, the cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes have been allowed to operate at 50 per cent seating capacity. Spas have also been allowed to open in the city but with some precautionary measures.

Bars will also be allowed to reopen with 50 per cent of the seating capacity from 12 noon to 10 PM.  All shops have been allowed to operate on all days of the week without any distinction of essential and non-essential goods between 10 am and 8 pm.

Among the other relaxations, auditoriums and assembly halls were allowed to reopen with 50 per cent seating capacity from Monday. Intra-state buses will also be operating with 100 per cent seating capacity from Monday. However, the entry will be from the rear door and exit from front door. No standing passengers will be allowed inside the buses.

The number of attendees has been capped at 100 for both wedding and funeral events. Religious places will open in the national capital but there will be no permission to visitors.

“It is further directed that the market trade associations, banquet halls, marriage hall associations, gymnasiums and Yoga institute association, other trade associations and resident welfare associations shall also be responsible for ensuring compliance of Covid appropriate behaviours by all shops, malls, markets, market complexes, offices, weekly markers, clinic, banquet halls/marriage halls and residents within their respective areas,” the order stated.

The relaxations will be effective from 5 am on July 26 till 5 am on August 9. Delhi reported 66 new coronavirus cases with no deaths on Saturday.