Malls, restaurants to reopen with 50% capacity from June 21 in Noida, Ghaziabad

The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday decided to relax night curfew timings and allowed malls and restaurants to partially open from June 21
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Published on Jun 15, 2021 11:33 PM IST
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The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday decided to relax night curfew timings and allowed malls and restaurants to partially open from June 21.

The new curfew timings will be from 9 pm to 7 am. Earlier, it was between 7pm to 7am. Markets will still be required to shut on weekends for sanitisation.

“The chief minister, during a review meeting, directed that restaurants and malls can also open up with 50% capacity with Covid help desks to screen visitors,” said Navneet Sehgal, UP’s additional chief secretary (information).

He added that the decision was taken in wake of declining in Covid-19 cases.

The partial Corona curfew was imposed from the night of April 30. Restrictions were relaxed for districts having fewer than 600 active Covid-19 cases from June 7.

Markets and restaurants in Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar welcomed the move but said more easing was required.

“The two-hour extension will give a chance to shoppers to come out after wrapping up their work for the day. The evening hours usually see an increase in customer footfall. We hope that the market efficiency will increase up to 40-50% with this decision,” said Sushil Kumar Jain, president of sector 18 market association, Noida.

“The weekend is the time when people move out for purchases. It would be better to shift the ‘weekend closure’ to other day,” said Pradeep Gupta, convener of Vyapari Ekta Samiti – Indirapuram in Ghaziabad.

“The closing time of 9pm does not attract many customers. We have to shut by 8pm at least so that we can clean the premises,” said Vikas Singh, owner of a food-chain restaurant in Noida Extension. “Since many small restaurants face financial issues, the government should come out with some support system.”

Dr Ashish Agarwal, president of the Indian Medical Association (Ghaziabad) said it was time to allow economic activity.

“The number of Covid cases has come down considerably since they peaked from mid of April and the trend continued till mid of May. On the other hand, the economic activity should also open up, but all precautions must be observed. It should not be the case that people disregard the Covid protocols once more relaxations come into picture,” said Dr Ashish Agarwal, president of Indian Medical Association (Ghaziabad).

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    Peeyush Khandelwal writes on a range of issues in western Uttar Pradesh – from crime, to development authorities and from infrastructure to transport. Based in Ghaziabad, he has been a journalist for almost a decade.

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