Coronavirus | Weekend curfew in Delhi to break chain of transmission

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced a weekend curfew in Delhi to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19. He said e-passes will be issued to providers of essential services and those who need to attend weddings over the weekend as the wedding season is on.

The curfew will begin at 10 p.m. on Friday and end at 5 a.m. on Monday.

“During the week, people have to step out to earn their livelihood and other essential activities. But over the weekend, they go out for entertainment and other activities that can be curtaile. People should not think of it as an inconvenience. It is in fact for their own safety. We need to break the corona chain.”

He said malls, gyms, spas and auditoriums will be shut immediately, and cinema halls can run with 30% occupancy. Only one weekly market per day, per zone will be allowed to open. At restaurants, there will be no in-dining facility and only home delivery will be permitted, the Chief Minister said.

“Imposing these restrictions right now is very important and I hope everyone will cooperate with the government. We will also be enhancing an enforcement drive to ensure people maintain social distancing and wear masks,” Mr. Kejriwal said .

He said there is no shortage of beds as more than 5,000 are vacant. “Please do not insist on a hospital of your choice. There may be a few hospitals that do not have any beds available but that does not mean that there are no beds left in the entire city.”

The Chief Minister said authorities have been noticing a callous attitude in terms of wearing masks, observing social distancing and that there will be strict implementation of these regulations.

“These restrictions are being put in place for you, your families, your health, your lives. We understand that these restrictions might be of inconvenience for you, but also hope that you understand the need for these restrictions in the present conditions and support the government.”

He said he hoped that by following these guidelines and working together, Delhi will be able to defeat the fourth wave as well.

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