The Delhi Government has decided to allow hotels, hospitality services, and street hawkers to resume their services and to do away with the night curfew hours that applied between 10 PM to 5 AM under the Centre’s guidelines of Unlock 3, the third stage of gradual lifting of the restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the virus.
The Delhi government has allowed a weekly market to resume for a week on a trial basis to check if social distancing norms are maintained by people or not. The official order to implement these relaxations in Delhi is likely to be issued by Saturday, said a senior government official. However, even though the Centre has allowed gymnasiums and yoga centers to resume their services, the Delhi Government is yet to decide on it.
The Delhi government on Wednesday de-linked around 40 hotels and 77 banquets attached to different hospitals to augment the city’s Covid- 19-bed capacity. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “In the view of the improving Corona virus situation and all hotel beds lying vacant for the last many days, these hotels are now being released.”
Senior government officials said that L-G Anil Baijal, in his meeting with Kejriwal on Wednesday had expressed his unwillingness to open gyms and yoga centres now. “So the CM has said that a decision on this will be taken in a week’s time after consulting with the stake holders,” said the government official.
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A media advisor to the Chief Minister says, marriages and events can be held in the banquet halls with restriction of 50 people, which comes under the hospitality services. “These decisions are in continuation of several important decisions taken by CM Arvind Kejriwal in the past few days to ensure Delhi’s economy, which was impacted severely by the lockdown, and needs to get back on track,” mentioned in a statement issued from the office of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Regarding the hotels, the statement said, “Since hotels of Delhi are no longer linked to hospitals, Delhi government has also decided to allow normal functioning of hotels and hospitality services as already permitted under Centre’s unlock guidelines.”
Union Home Ministry issued the fresh guidelines under Unlock 3.0 on Wednesday. The new guidelines issued had permitted opening up of more activities in areas apart from the containment zones. These guidelines are made based on the feedback received from States and Union Territories and extensive consultations held with related Central Ministries and Departments.