Photos: Delhi wakes up to an eased lockdown, with exceptions

Delhi began its day on May 19 with a significant easing of lockdown restrictions with the opening of shops in markets on an odd-even basis and nearly all of its transport services plying with the exception the Delhi Metro. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday had announced a number of relaxations to the third extension of the lockdown in the capital, even as the city's total tally of COVID-19 cases crossed the 10,000-mark.

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An auto-rickshaw drives past India Gate after the government eased restrictions imposed as a preventive measure against the coronavirus in New Delhi on May 19. After a nearly two month hiatus, the national capital took a restrained step towards normalcy with the revival of transport services and marketplaces. (Money Sharma / AFP)

An auto-rickshaw drives past India Gate after the government eased restrictions imposed as a preventive measure against the coronavirus in New Delhi on May 19. After a nearly two month hiatus, the national capital took a restrained step towards normalcy with the revival of transport services and marketplaces. (Money Sharma / AFP)

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A person cleans the front of a store’s product display in New Delhi on May 19. All shops in marketplaces can open from today onwards, but on the basis of an odd-even pattern similar to the one implemented for traffic management on occasion. (ANI)

A person cleans the front of a store’s product display in New Delhi on May 19. All shops in marketplaces can open from today onwards, but on the basis of an odd-even pattern similar to the one implemented for traffic management on occasion. (ANI)

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The announcements yesterday by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal allowed all government and private offices in Delhi to operate while encouraging working from home as much as possible. Office commuters and traffic returned to the city’s roads in the morning as a natural consequence. (Rahul Singh / ANI)

The announcements yesterday by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal allowed all government and private offices in Delhi to operate while encouraging working from home as much as possible. Office commuters and traffic returned to the city’s roads in the morning as a natural consequence. (Rahul Singh / ANI)

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A policeman thermal screens people before they board a bus in Delhi on May 19. All public modes of transport, with the exception of the Delhi Metro, are now operating in Delhi with applicable restrictions. Private cars are allowed, but with a maximum of two passengers and a driver. Pillion riding is not permitted on two-wheelers. (Prateek Kumar / ANI)

A policeman thermal screens people before they board a bus in Delhi on May 19. All public modes of transport, with the exception of the Delhi Metro, are now operating in Delhi with applicable restrictions. Private cars are allowed, but with a maximum of two passengers and a driver. Pillion riding is not permitted on two-wheelers. (Prateek Kumar / ANI)

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In addition to marshals, Delhi Transport Corporation bus services resumed with a maximum capacity of 20 passengers at a time, one passenger per row and all passengers seated in a zigzag pattern. (ANI)

In addition to marshals, Delhi Transport Corporation bus services resumed with a maximum capacity of 20 passengers at a time, one passenger per row and all passengers seated in a zigzag pattern. (ANI)

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A shopkeeper wearing a protective mask cleans his shop while opening for business in old Delhi on May 19. Almost all major markets such as Connaught Place, Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Greater Kailash-I and Kamala Nagar Market, among others, have decided to reopen shops from today. (Prabhat Mehrotra / ANI)

A shopkeeper wearing a protective mask cleans his shop while opening for business in old Delhi on May 19. Almost all major markets such as Connaught Place, Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Greater Kailash-I and Kamala Nagar Market, among others, have decided to reopen shops from today. (Prabhat Mehrotra / ANI)

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A shopkeeper looks on while a customer browses products at a shop. Exemptions to marketplace guidelines allow for essential goods shops to remain open regardless of the odd-even rule. Shopping malls, cinema halls as well as liquor stores in malls will however, continue to remain off-limits. (Prabhat Mehrotra / ANI)

A shopkeeper looks on while a customer browses products at a shop. Exemptions to marketplace guidelines allow for essential goods shops to remain open regardless of the odd-even rule. Shopping malls, cinema halls as well as liquor stores in malls will however, continue to remain off-limits. (Prabhat Mehrotra / ANI)

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