Delhi issues yellow alert: What's allowed and what's not?
The Delhi government on Tuesday issued a yellow alert in the city in view of the rising COVID-19 cases. Under this, various restrictions will be imposed across the national capital with immediate effect, the Delhi government said. Earlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had held a meeting with top officials to review the coronavirus situation.
- The restrictions in Delhi come a day after it recorded 331 new COVID-19 infections, its biggest single-day surge in over six months.
- A yellow alert has been sounded as the daily positivity rate breached the 0.5% mark for two straight days.
- There are also concerns over the fast spread of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus.
- A night curfew is already imposed in Delhi.
Private offices will function with 50% staff. However, establishments designated as essential services, including hospitals, news media, banks, and telecom services, will be exempted from this curb. Restaurants and bars will operate until 10 pm with half of their seating capacity. Wedding functions can take place at home or in court with a maximum of 20 people. The same limit also applies to funerals.
Malls and shops can open on an odd-even basis between 10 am and 8 pm. Standalone shops and markets in residential colonies, on the other hand, are not required to follow the odd-even rule. Delhi Metro trains and interstate buses will run with 50% seating capacity. Religious places will be open but devotees would not be allowed to enter. Also, construction work will continue.
Salons and beauty parlors will remain open but spas and wellness centers would be shut. Political, religious, and festival-related gatherings will be barred. Public parks will be open but no picnics or large gatherings can take place. Also, cinemas, multiplexes, and gyms will be shut. Banquet halls and auditoriums will be closed. Schools, colleges, and other educational institutions will also be closed.