Delhi unlock to come in force from Monday after Kejriwal announces more relaxations ; here’s what you can expect


The Delhi government has decided to end the lockdown in the national capital in a phased manner from Monday. This was after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced a series of relaxations including the opening of markets, malls and standalone shops from Monday.

Delhi has been in a prolonged period of lockdown since 19 April since the deadly pandemic began to kill tens of thousands of people in the city.

According to an order passed by the Delhi government,  Delhi Metro will resume operations from Monday with 50 percent capacity. The government also allowed the opening of malls and markets on an odd-even basis. However, standalone shops will be allowed to open daily between 10 AM and 8 PM.

Kejriwal said that private offices will be allowed to function with 50% staff while Group A staff of government offices will be allowed to function with 100%,” he added.

“All Private offices in NCT of Delhi shall be allowed to function to the extent of 50% strength of their staff between 9 AM to 5 PM, on production of valid authority letter and valid card issued by their employer/firm/company. Private offices organizations are also advised to stagger the office timings and also stagger the presence and quantum of staff with an objective to reduce the number of employees attending office at the same time so as to ensure the protocol pertaining to social distancing at workplace. They are further advised to follow the practice of work from home, as far as possible,” an order by the government said.

The order further added, “AIl Malls, Markets and Market complexes (except Weekly Markets) shall open between 10 AM to 8 PM on odd-even basis viz. shops would open on alternate days depending on their shop number. This implies that only 50% of the shops (excluding those selling essential goods) shall be opened. However, shops selling essential goods including educational books and stationary shops, fan shops in Malls, Markets and Market complexes, are permitted to open on all days without restriction of timings. Market Trade Associations (MTAs), District Magistrate, District DCP and Deputy Labour Commissioner concerned would be responsible to ensure the compliance of this stipulation.”

Kejriwal said that his government will announce more relaxations after the pandemic situation improves.

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