CM Arvind Kejriwal announces Corona lockdown relaxations in Delhi

  • Autos, e-rickshaws with one passenger only, while cabs only with two passengers will be allowed in Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • Buses allowed to operate in Delhi with only 20 passengers; screening to be done in all buses: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • Metros, schools, and colleges, cinema halls, salons/spas to remain closed in Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • Standalone and essential items shops will be opened; shops in markets and market complexes will be opened on Odd-Even basis: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • 10,054 Corona cases in Delhi, 45% of patients have recovered”: CM Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced certain relaxations in the fourth phase of coronavirus lockdown as per Centre’s guidelines. As per the relaxations, transportation will be allowed in Delhi with auto-rickshaws and e-rickshaws allowed to carry only one passenger. Taxis and cabs will be allowed with only two passengers, and buses will operate in Delhi with not more than 20 passengers at a given point of time. CM Arvind Kejriwal said that lockdown is not a permanent solution for Coronavirus and relaxations have to be announced to revive the economy.

Addressing a digital conference in Delhi, “The fourth phase of the lockdown is starting. There has been a nationwide lockdown since the last 45 days because of Corona. People have dedicatedly followed the norms of the lockdown, have suffered because of Corona, and I am sure that we will together defeat Corona. Delhi has had 10054 cases until now, out of which 4485 cases have recovered, which means 45% of the people have recovered. Unfortunately, 160 people have lost their lives due to Corona, but if we compare the statistics to other states in India and abroad, the death rate is quite low. Corona is not going to get over soon until a vaccine is obtained, and we have to learn to live with Corona. Lockdown is not a permanent solution, and the Delhi government has used the lockdown time to prepare for Corona. When Corona first came to India, we were not prepared. We did not have enough testing kits, not enough hospital setups, we were unaware of how to deal with the situation. In the last 2 months, we have prepared dedicated COVID hospitals, arranged beds, ventilators, testing, and PPE kits.”

CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the Delhi government has to move towards opening the states’ economy. “Yesterday, the central government has issued certain guidelines on the lockdown. Based on those guidelines, the Delhi government has decided to impose relaxations in many areas,” he added.

As per the CM Kejriwal, the lockdown will continue till 31st May as per the directions of the central government, but many relaxations will also be given under this phase of the lockdown.

CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “Metros, educational institutions such as schools/colleges, coaching, and training institutes will remain closed. Shopping malls, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls will remain closed. Social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious, and other gatherings will not be allowed. Religious places and places of worship will remain closed. Barbershops, spas, and salons will remain closed. Curfew timings in the city will be from evening 7 PM to morning at 7 AM, except for essential services.”

“Senior citizens above the age of 65, young children below the age of 10, pregnant women, and people with comorbidities such as heart diseases and diabetes shall remain under strict lockdown because they are at a high risk of contracting Corona,” he added.

As per Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, only take-away and home deliveries will be allowed and dine-in arrangements will be barred in restaurants. Sports complexes and stadiums will be opened, but there will be no spectators allowed during matches and events.

Transportation will be opened across the city. Auto-rickshaws, e-rickshaws, and cycle-rickshaws will be allowed in Delhi with only one passenger. Taxis and cabs will be allowed with only two passengers. Gramin, phat-phat, and eco-friendly sevas will be allowed with only two passengers. Maxi cabs will be allowed with only 5 passengers and RTVs will be allowed with only 11 passengers. The driver has to ensure the disinfection of the passenger seat after each drop-off for the safety of the next passenger. Carpooling will not be allowed for cab aggregators.

Buses will ply on the roads in Delhi with not more than 20 passengers at once. The screening of each passenger will be done before boarding the bus. The transport department will be responsible for ensuring that social distancing is maintained on every bus and across all bus depots in the city.

Movement of private vehicles will be allowed with not more than 2 passengers in a four-wheeled vehicle and not more than one rider on a two-wheeler vehicle. All private and government offices will be open, but with an attempt that maximum private offices shall allow work from home for their employees.

“All markets will be opened, but shops in markets and market complexes will operate on an Odd-Even basis. Essential items shops will be opened. All standalone, neighborhood and residential shops will be opened, where the responsibility to maintain social distancing will lie with the shopkeeper, or the shop will be closed,” said the CM.

Industries will operate on a staggered timing basis. Construction activities will be allowed with the engagement of workers living in Delhi, and non-engagement of transborder workers.

CM Kejriwal said, “Marriages will be allowed with a maximum of 50 people, and funerals will be allowed with a maximum of 20 people, and both events should ensure proper social distancing.”

No activities, except essential services, will be allowed in containment zones. As per the central government guidelines, healthcare staff such as doctors, nurses, medical staff, and sanitation workers will be allowed to pass through the borders. Interstate movements of goods and cargo trucks will also be allowed.

CM Arvind Kejriwal also said that wearing masks and maintaining social distancing is mandatory for all, and advised the people to wash and sanitize their hands as frequently as possible.