DDMA Covid-19 meet: No more weekend curfew, odd-even system for shops in Delhi

Published on Jan 27, 2022 01:36 PM IST

Last week, the Delhi government allowed all private offices in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, outside of Containment Zones, to function with upto 50 per cent attendance. The DDMA had, however, advised the private offices to stagger office timing and the quantum of staff.

Covid-19 patients undergo treatment inside the Shehnai Banquet Hall, a Covid-19 care facility, in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)
Covid-19 patients undergo treatment inside the Shehnai Banquet Hall, a Covid-19 care facility, in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)
By | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Thursday decided to remove the weekend curfew and odd-even rule for shops in the national capital. The night curfew, however, will remain and schools too will be closed.

The decision was taken after a meeting chaired by Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to review the Covid-19 situation in the national capital. It was  discussed that the curbs will be clamped again if the situation starts deteriorating.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Thursday decided to remove the weekend curfew and odd-even rule for shops in the national capital. The night curfew, however, will remain and schools too will be closed.

The decision was taken after a meeting chaired by Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to review the Covid-19 situation in the national capital. It was  discussed that the curbs will be clamped again if the situation starts deteriorating.

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Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was also present in the meeting. He pushed for lifting various restrictions so that the traders and business community get a relief.

The changes will come into effect only after the order is out. The DDMA is expected to issue the order either by today evening, or Friday morning. Till then, the existing curbs will continue.

The DDMA also decided capped the number of people who can attend wedding festivals in the national capital to 200. The bars and restaurants have been directed to operate with 50 per cent of seating capacity.

The DDMA directed officials to ensure strict enforcement of Covid-19 protocols like wearing of mask and following social distancing.

“The experts advised to carry out genome sequencing of all samples so that the spread of the variants is known. It was also suggested that hospitalisation analysis must be carried out,” a DDMA official present in the meeting told Hindustan Times. The DDMA also asked authorities to focus on giving booster doses for those eligible as soon as possible.

Experts suggested phased reopening of the schools - for classes 9-12 in the first phase, classes 5-8 in phase 2 and for classes 3 and 4 in the third phase. But it was decided that reopening of schools will be discussed in next meeting.

There was growing clamour from traders, schools and other sections of the society to reduce the curbs in Delhi in allow activities as the number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases have been falling steadily in the last few weeks.

However, the national capital saw a slight increase in the daily Covid-19 on Wednesday when 7,498 new infections were recorded. This was 1,470 more from Tuesday’s figures when 6,028 cases.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led government was pushing for easing the curbs, like odd-even rule for markets, and had even sent a proposal to Baijal in this regard earlier this month. The Lieutenant Governor, however, rejected it in the wake of Covid-19 spread and advised the private offices to stagger office timing.

The Kejriwal government said that the positivity rate in the national capital in on a decline and there are lower number of hospitalisations - the two grounds it says are enough to ease the curbs in the national capital.

The positivity rate, according to Delhi health department’s bulletin, stands at 10.5 per cent.

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