The national capital’s positivity rate, which remained above the key 0.5 percent line for the second day in a row today at 0.68 percent, may prompt the Yellow Alert. If the alert is sounded, most activities that were resumed in phases as the second wave faded will come to a halt.
The alert would enact a slew of new restrictions under the Delhi government’s four-stage Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), which was issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority in July in anticipation of the third wave of Covid. The city council is yet to make a judgement on the matter.
Here’s what will remain open and won’t:
- Schools, universities, educational institutions, and coaching centres will all be closed. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., private workplaces will be authorised to operate at 50% capacity.
- Under the odd-even rule, shops and malls offering non-essential products and services will be permitted to open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Restaurants in the city will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., while bars will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Cinemas and multiplexes that are now open to the public will close their doors. Banquet halls and auditoriums would also be affected. Hotels, on the other hand, will be permitted to remain open.
- Spas, gyms, yoga studios, and amusement parks will be closed. Swimming pools, sports complexes, and stadiums will all be shuttered. However, there will be no limits on national or international sporting events being held in these locations.
- Parks will remain available to the public.
- The Delhi Metro will have a 50% seating capacity and no passengers would be permitted to stand. Interstate buses will be 50 percent full, while automobiles, e-rickshaws, taxis, and cycle rickshaws will be limited to two passengers.
- The operation of salons and beauty parlours will be permitted.
- Weddings and funerals will be limited to 20 individuals.
- The prohibition on social, political, religious, and festival-related activities, as well as entertainment-related activities, will remain in place. Places of worship will stay open, but devotees will be restricted from entering.
So far, Delhi has reported 14,43,683 coronavirus infections, including 25,106 deaths. There are currently 1,289 active cases, with 692 patients in home isolation.
Today, Delhi’s daily caseload increased by 14%, with 331 new cases reported, the highest in six months, and one connected fatality. The city has seen a progressive increase in daily numbers as a result of the threat of the Omicron strain, which has sparked worldwide concern.
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