Amid a galloping rise in Covid-19 cases, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced a six-day lockdown from 10 pm tonight till 5 am next Monday. “The lockdown is needed to prevent the health system of Delhi from collapsing under the increasing number of patients,” the Delhi CM said while addressing an online press conference. He added that the decision to impose lockdown was not an easy one.
The restrictions have been announced after a meeting between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal today.
Kejriwal urged the migrants in the city not to leave Delhi during this ‘ small lockdown’. He assured the migrants that the government will take good care of them. In the last few days, the daily cases of COVID-19 have been around 25,500, Kejriwal said.
As Delhi goes under 6-day lockdown, let’s take a look at the restrictions imposed by the government during this period.
Delhi lockdown: What is allowed and what’s not
1. Essential services will be allowed during the lockdown.
2. Food, groceries, fruits and vegetable shops, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder, pharmaceuticals, opticians, medicines and medical equipment, newspaper distribution.
3. Religious places shall be permitted to open, but no visitors will be allowed.
4. Only 50 people will be allowed at weddings and 20 at funerals.
5. All malls, cinema halls, shopping complexes, swimming pools, restaurants, salons, gyms and spas will remain shut during the curfew.
6. Doctors, healthcare staff, essential workers, officials, journalists, judges, government officials and diplomats can move without restrictions on valid ID proof.
7. Students appearing for examinations will be allowed to travel with a valid ID card.
8. People going for COVID-19 testing or vaccination will be allowed
9. People coming or going to airports, railway stations or bus stations will be allowed by showing a valid ticket.
10. Pregnant women and patients going for medical services with an attendant will be allowed to travel on doctor’s prescription or medical papers.
11. Home delivery and takeaway of food by restaurants will be allowed.
12. Petrol pumps, LPG, CNG, petroleum and gas retail and storage outlets.
13. Public transport such as buses and metros will be allowed to function with 50 per cent capacity.
14, Autos and cabs will be allowed to take up to two passengers only. No standing passenger will be allowed.
15. There shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement or transportation of essential goods. No separate permission or e-pass will be required for this.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government had last week announced a weekend curfew in the national capital from 10 pm on April 16 till 6 am on April 19.
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