Shops are going to open on an odd even basis;Delhi Metro is going to run with 50% capacity amid pandemic: With reduction in Covid 19 cases past few days, the second phase of unlocking is going to begin in Delhi. Some new rules are going to be implemented in this unlocking. All shops at markets and malls, including even the liquor outlets, have been allowed to open on an odd-even basis from Monday between 10am and 8pm. Delhi Metro will resume back it’s services with 50% capacity now thus improving mobility in the capital city. Different government and private offices also have been allowed to open with riders.
All shops including stationary, books, daily requirements, essential needs, fans and other important goods are allowed to open on all days without any time restriction for public. However some other which are not essentially required aren’t allowed to open. Examples include – gyms, restaurants, cinema halls, salons, spas, bars, educational institutions, weekly markets and parks and gardens. Also, the bar on weddings will be continued as it was earlier.
On Saturday, in a digital adress to people, chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal said “Delhi’s Covid-19 situation appears to be improving, and keeping that in mind, we began the unlock process last week,” He further added that “It is necessary to bring the economy back on track if the Covid situation begins to get better. Last week, operations of manufacturing and production units within closed premises in approved industrial areas and construction activities within work sites were permitted.” He said that as per this odd-even scheme, half the shops will be allowed to open on one day and the rest will be allowed on the next day. He stated that this has been done to avoid and prevent crowd in market.
Referring to the private offices, CM also said that “The private offices should try to stagger their work hours so that not everyone comes out at the same time,” As per the new rules, all private offices can open but are allowed with a maximum 50% of staff and workers. Although they are advised to ensure that most of workers continue their work from home. The situation is same for government offices also. All staff members belonging to group A will have to report for work, however the other workers are allowed with a maximum of 50 percentage only. Those who are handling essential services will have to report and the Head of Department (HOD) will decide that who will report and who will not.
Delhi started easing the restrictions since last Monday after remaining in a 6 week long strict lockdown. The CM said that situation is now getting under control so he decided to start unlocking phase with these new guidelines. Although there was a mixed reaction on the guidelines given by CM. The reaction of traders was accepting on opening of malls and market. However they were not satisfied with the opening of shops on odd even basis. And they demanded that shops should be allowed to open normally with a regulated timings. They also demanded opening of banquet halls and restaurants with Covid norms.