Will revoke relaxations and seal areas where social distancing norms are not followed: CM Arvind Kejriwal
- Chaos and overcrowding in front of shops unfortunate; will have to stake strict actions if any such actions are reported: CM Arvind Kejriwal
- Like Dengue, we will have to work together to defeat COVID: CM Arvind Kejriwal
New Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal on Monday requested the people of Delhi to practice social distancing across the city, following the relaxations that were announced in Delhi as per the Central government guidelines. He said that it was unfortunate that chaos and overcrowding were reported outside shops at various locations in Delhi. CM Kejriwal also warned of revoking relaxations and sealing areas if social distancing and other norms are not followed.
Addressing a digital press conference in Delhi, CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “The Central government has given some relaxations in various parts of the country after the nation-wide lockdown that extended for around 1.5 months. India has also been divided into red zones, green zones, and orange zones. Major relaxations have been observed in green zones, with lesser relaxations in orange zones, and minimal relaxations in red zones. The whole of Delhi is in the red zone, and hence, very fewer activities are allowed. We have decided to adhere to the central government guidelines for the red zones and allowed activities in Delhi.”
Markets, malls, and market complexes in Delhi have not opened, except standalone shops in residential areas and a few industrial areas. Self-employed people such as technicians, electricians, plumbers, and others can begin their services.
CM Arvind Kejriwal requested the people to support the government in its fight against Corona. He said, “The government alone can not fight a battle against Corona, it needs the support of its people. The people of Delhi have always supported the Delhi government in everything, including its fight against Dengue last year. There were 16000 cases of dengue and 60 deaths in Delhi in 2015, and last year, people of Delhi won the battle against dengue through the #10Hafte10Baje10Minute campaign. There were just 1500 cases and no deaths in Delhi in the last year. We have to defeat Corona now. We cannot live in lockdown for long. Only a few activities have started in Delhi as of now, and we will only be able to allow more activities in Delhi and if we are able to defeat Corona.”
“We can do this together by taking care of three things. First, please wear a mask every time you step out of your home, as masks are the biggest protection against COVID. Second, please ensure social distancing. We have majorly observed that people from across the world who adhered to social distancing guidelines are safe from Corona. Third, please wash your hands as frequently as possible by using soaps and sanitizers,” added the CM.
CM Kejriwal said, “We complied with the guidelines of the Central government yesterday regarding the relaxations on the lockdown, but it was unfortunate to see that people did not follow social distancing in front of shops at a few locations across the city. Overcrowding and chaos were reported at these locations. What needs to be realized is the risk of contracting the virus that comes with these actions. This puts families of those people at high risk too. These actions are not acceptable. If needed, we will have to take stringent decisions like sealing areas where the social distancing protocol is not followed by the people, and I will have to withdraw all the relaxations announced yesterday.”
CM Arvind Kejriwal said that these relaxations have been made to restart the economy and bring the lives of the people back on track. “If there are violations, we will have no option but to revoke these relaxations. Shopkeepers should take responsibility for the same, or we will have to seal those shops where violations are being reported. I have full faith in the people of Delhi and I am sure that we will be able to defeat Corona in the same way as we were able to defeat Dengue,” added the CM.