Delhi govt. plans several curbs as COVID cases cross 8.5K mark

Proposal to ban all gatherings except marriages and funerals

Published - April 10, 2021 01:05 am IST - New Delhi

With daily COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in the city, the Delhi government is planning to intensify restrictions and reduce the number of people who can attend weddings to 50 and funerals to 20, sources said. There is also a proposal to ban all other social gatherings.

Delhi reported 8,521 fresh infections on Friday, the second highest single-day surge since the beginning of the pandemic. A total of 8,593 cases were recorded on November 11 last year.

“The government is also planning to reduce the occupancy in buses and cinema halls to 50% of the total capacity. A proposal on these matters has been initiated and is under consideration,” a government official said.

Currently, 100 people can attend gatherings, including marriages, in closed spaces, and 200 people in open spaces. There are also no capacity restrictions in cinema halls and buses.

“The decision was taken after a high-level meeting, but it is yet to be approved,” the official said. The proposals will have to be approved by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. An order will be issued once the L-G gives his nod.

The government is yet to officially comment on the development.

Last year, the Delhi government had capped social gatherings at 50 and there were occupancy restrictions in buses and cinema halls, but those were lifted as cases gradually reduced.

Jugal Kishore, head of community medicine department at Safdarjung Hospital, said the reintroduction of stricter curbs would be a step in the right direction.

“People in general have become casual and they are not listening to doctors. We need some restrictions on mobility and gatherings.”

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.