New Delhi, Jun 13 (FN Bureau) Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced to ease the COVID induced curbs in the National Capital from June 14 onward as the virus graph continued to show a declining trend. The city reported 255 new cases of COVID-19 during the past 24 hours along with 23 related deaths. ‘Tomorrow, after 5 am, all activities will be allowed except some which are completely prohibited while some activities are being allowed in a restricted manner (partially allowed),’ the Chief Minister announced in a digital press conference. All markets, market complexes and malls, which were allowed to reopen on odd-even basis last week, will be fully open from June 14 between 10 am and 8 pm and restaurants will also open at 50 per cent seating capacity. ‘Only one weekly market is allowed in one zone,’ Mr Kejriwal said. The Chief Minister appealed to all the market associations, shopkeepers to ensure that overcrowding does not take place and social distancing is maintained.
According to the new guidelines, marriages cannot be allowed in public places – in banquet halls, hotels, and marriage halls. Marriages can take place only at home or at the court with not more than 20 people in attendance. Activities which are partly allowed and are restricted include – Government offices, where the rules of last week will be applied in which Group A officers will be allowed to have 100 per cent attendance and 50 per cent attendance for everyone else. The essential activities like hospitals and police will remain fully operational. Stressing that the “work from home” should be encouraged, Mr Kejriwal said the private offices can now operate on 50 per cent capacity from 9 am-5 pm. Meanwhile, schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutes, cultural, social, political, sports, religious gatherings, stadiums, sports complexes, entertainment, spa and gyms, swimming pools, cinema theaters, multiplexes will continue to remain shut as they pose risk of spreading the pandemic. Capital’s lifeline — Delhi Metro — will operate on 50 per cent capacity while Taxis and Autos will be allowed to commute only two passengers at one time. Mr Kejriwal further informed that the religious places are being opened but visitors will not be allowed.