In the new update on Covid in Delhi, 977 cases and 12 deaths were recorded on Friday. The city’s positivity rate has dropped down to 1.73 percent. These figures are a testament to lowering numbers of Covid in the capital.
As the Covid cases are dropping every day, many quarters have raised the demand including traders and political parties to relax the Covid curbs such as allowing weekly markets in all municipal zones, lifting up night curfew and allowing visitors to religious places.
According to a report by PTI, Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) will relax the Covid 19 restrictions after the expected meeting of DDMA next week.
Brijesh Goyal, Chairman of the Chamber of Trade and Industry (CTI) has questioned the continuation of night curfew by mentioning it was hurting traders and the marriage season has also started again. Delhi BJP President Adesh Gupta, on Thursday wrote a letter to Lt Governor and DDMA chairman Anil Baijal, requesting him to allow visitors to temples and other religious places.
Earlier, in a meeting with DDMA on 4 February, 2022, it was announced the imposition of night curfew is extended but the timing was reduced by an hour. Non-essential shops are also allowed to open till 8 PM because of the night curfew.
The Delhi Government has also declared the reopening of schools for Classes 9 to 12 from 7 February. Whereas, nursery to class 8 students to resume school from 14 February. With this, all the government and private offices are allowed to run with 100% capacity. The gyms have also been allowed to reopen with certain restrictions.
On the other hand, some of the restrictions like only one weekly market permitted in a municipal zone, no standing passengers allowed in buses and Metro trains, 50% cap on seating capacity in restaurants, bars and cinemas and no activity except weddings in banquet halls are yet to be relaxed.