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New Covid rules in Delhi- the second wave of Covid

by NPT-Editorial

Delhi government has imposed an entire lockdown in Delhi from Monday night (April 19) till next Monday morning(April 26), within the wake of a record rise in COVID 19 cases. The six-day lockdown in the national capital will come into force from 10 pm tonight till 5am next Monday, CM Arvind Kejriwal announced. The lockdown is needed to prevent the health system of Delhi from the increasing number of patients as there is an acute shortage of medicines, beds, ICUs, and oxygen. Adding that the lockdown was necessary to prevent a bigger crisis in Delhi, Mr. Kejriwal said: “the govt will look out of you. We took this tough decision to consider the situation.’’ What will be open and what says close in Delhi; The religious place is permitted to open, but visitors were not allowed. All private offices will go back to Work from Home mode. Delhi government offices and cooperation will remain closed except for those who are involved in essential and emergency services such as healthcare and emergency service only will be allowed to function. Only 50 people are going to be allowed at weddings and 20 at funerals. All malls, cinemas, shopping complexes, swimming pools, restaurants, salons, gyms, and spas will remain close during the lockdown. National sporting events can be placed at a stadium but no spectators were allowed. However, the list of exemptions is longer as compared to the lockdown that was enforced in March last year. Delhi lockdown guidelines April2021 As per the guidelines, emergency services including food, groceries, medical services, healthcare, hospitals, police station, petrol pumps, power offices will remain close. All pregnant women and patients going for medical aid along with an attendant will be allowed after the production of a valid ID. All judicial offices will have to take valid IDs to manage court administration. All those who are traveling through flights, railways will have to get a valid ID for travel purposes. There will be no restriction on inter states and intrastate movements for essential goods. All these modes of Public transport will operate with 50% of their capacity. Restaurants and eateries will be allowed to offer takeaway and home deliveries service. Not only food, delivery of all essential goods related to medical equipment and medicines will also be allowed. Liquor shops will remain close. All social, entertainment and sports gatherings are prohibited. Online retail platforms like Flipkart and Amazon have suspended orders for non-essential products in the national capital in compliance with the Delhi government. Delhi is notably the second big market after Maharashtra to impose a ban on e-commerce platforms from shipping non-essential items to consumers. The person going for COVID 19testing or vaccination will be allowed on the valid ID card, states the order issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority. The government official said this shall work on a ‘’Trust Basis’’ and expressing hope that people will not misuse this clause. Violations can lead to penalties. Meanwhile, thousands of migrant workers gathered at Anand vihar ISBT to catch a bus home, the minister has appealed to all migrant workers to stay within the city and back to their hometowns. As the lockdown is only for six days.  CM adding that he understands how difficult it can get for those who earn daily. And he also mentioned that there is a possibility that the lockdown will not be extended.

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