Under the colour-coded action plan, there will be four coloured alerts that will be issued based on the severity of the Covid-19 situation in Delhi.
Under the colour-coded action plan, there will be four coloured alerts that will be issued based on the severity of the Covid-19 situation in Delhi.

What is colour-coded plan to combat Covid-19 in Delhi?

  • Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Friday that the DDMA has given a green signal to the colour-coded graded response action plan as a means to tackle the possible Covid-19 third wave.
By hindustantimes.com | Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2021 04:28 PM IST

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has given its nod to a colour-coded graded response action plan, aimed at controlling a probable third wave of the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. In this plan, the shopping malls and other types of shops that host non-essential items in the national capital will come under the ambit of an odd-even system when the alert level shoots up to ‘Yellow’ in the city.

“Today, at the DDMA meeting the ‘Graded Response Action’ was passed. Now, do doubt will remain about when the lockdown will be imposed, and when it will be lifted,” Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi on Friday, adding that discussions on Delta plus variant of Covid-19 also took place at the meeting and that the Delhi government will take every necessary step to stop it from spreading in the city.

The colour-coded plan has four alerts – Yellow, Amber, Orange and Red – which will be issued based on the severity of the Covid-19 situation in the national capital.

Here are the details of each alert and what you need to know about them:

Yellow

  1. This alert will be issued when the city’s positivity rate remains more than 0.5% for two consecutive days, or overall new positive cases for seven days reaches the 1,500-mark, or the average occupancy for oxygen beds in hospitals stays at 500 for a week.
  2. With this alert, market shops and shopping malls related to non-essential items will be permitted to stay open between 10am and 8pm as per the odd-even rule. One weekly market will be allowed to function per municipal zone.
  3. Construction activities, manufacturing agencies and industrial set-ups can operate.
  4. Private offices will operate at 50 per cent capacity between 9am to 5pm, with the remaining workforce moved into a work-from-home setup. Bars will also run at 50 per cent capacity between 12pm to 10pm.
  5. Restaurants will be open at 50 per cent capacity between 8am to 10pm.
  6. Delhi Metro will run with a maximum of 50 per cent seating capacity.
  7. Educational institutes, gyms and cinema halls will remain closed.
  8. A maximum of 20 persons will be allowed for marriage and funeral-related gatherings.
  9. A night curfew will be in place between 10pm tp 5am.

Amber

  1. This alert will be issued when the national capital’s positivity rate stays over 1% for two successive days, or 3,500 new positive cases are recorded in a week, or the average oxygen bed occupancy stays more than the 700-mark for a week.
  2. After the issuance of this alert, market shops related to non-essential items and services and shopping malls can operate between 10am and 6pm on the basis of odd-even rule. One weekly market can operate per municipal zone at 50% vendor capacity.
  3. Construction activities, industrial set-ups and manufacturing agencies can function.
  4. Private offices will function at 50 per cent capacity between 9am to 5pm, with the remaining employees working from home.
  5. Bars will be closed, and restaurants can only remain open for takeaways.
  6. Educational institutes, cinema halls, and gyms will be closed.
  7. Delhi Metro will run with a maximum of 33 per cent seating capacity.
  8. A maximum of 20 persons will be allowed for marriage and funeral-related gatherings.
  9. A night curfew will be in place between 10pm to 5am.

Orange

  1. This alert will be launched when the city’s Covid-19-positivity rate goes over 2% for two consecutive days, or 9,000 overall cases are reported for more than a week, or the average bed occupancy is more than the 1,000-mark for a week.
  2. Only shops dealing with essential items and services will remain open. Stand-alone shops dealing with non-essential goods will remain open between 10am and 6pm as per the odd-even norm.
  3. Only manufacturing agencies pertaining to essential items and defence goods will be permitted to function.
  4. Construction activities that do not require on-site labourers will not be allowed.
  5. Shopping malls and weekly markets will remain closed.
  6. Bars, cinema halls, gyms, and educational institutes will remain closed. Restaurants will remain open only for takeaway options.
  7. Delhi Metro will also remain shut.
  8. A maximum of 15 persons will be permitted at marriage and funeral-related ceremonies.
  9. A night curfew will be imposed between 10pm and 5am.

Red

  1. This is considered to be the most severe level, which will be issued when the city’s positivity stays over 5% for two successive days, or its overall new positive cases in a week touches the 16,000-mark, or the average oxygen bed occupancy stays 3,000 or more for a week.
  2. Most economic activities under the orange alert, including construction activities with on-site labourers, and industrial set-ups of essential and defence goods and services, will be allowed.
  3. Market shops related to essential items will be allowed to stay open, but standalone shops dealing with non-essential goods and services can function between 10am and 6pm.
  4. Shopping malls and weekly markets will remain closed.
  5. Educational institutes, bars, gyms, and cinema halls will stay shut. Restaurants can only operate for takeaway facilities.
  6. Delhi Metro operations will also remain suspended.
  7. A maximum of 15 persons will be permitted to attend marriage and funeral-related events.
  8. A 24-hour complete curfew will be imposed across the national capital.
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