Delhi imposes a night curfew from 11pm till 5 am which will come into effect from Monday. The national capital has witnessed a surge in the number of Omicron coronavirus cases in the last few days.
On Sunday, Delhi reported 290 fresh coronavirus cases and one fatality, while the positivity rate rose to 0.55 percent, according to data shared by the Delhi government’s health department.
The overall active cases now stand at 1,103, of which 583 patients are in home isolation. Delhi has been witnessing a steady uptick in new Covid cases amid the spread of Omicron, triggering concerns over the healthcare system which got overwhelmed during the second Covid wave.
If the daily cases continue to rise, a yellow alert will be issued in the national capital. Under the Delhi government’s four-stage Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), if the positivity rate remains stable at 0.5% for two consecutive days, a yellow alert will be triggered, leading to several additional restrictions. The GRAP was approved by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority in July in anticipation of the third wave of COVID-19 (Omicron) and aims to impose and remove restrictions depending on the situation.
Most activities that were resumed in phases as the second wave waned will come to a grinding halt if the alert is sounded. The operational timings of shops and malls selling non-essential goods and services will be restrained. They will be allowed to be open from 10 am to 8 pm under the odd-even rule.
Restaurants in the city will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity from 8 am to 10 pm, while bars have been allowed to remain open from 12 noon to 10 pm at 50% capacity.
Cinema halls and multiplexes that were currently open to the audience will be shut down. And so will be banquet halls and auditoriums. However, hotels will be allowed to remain open.
Spas, gyms, yoga institutes, and entertainment parks will be shut down. Sports complexes, stadiums, and swimming pools will be closed. But there will be no restrictions on organising national or international sporting events at these places. Public parks will remain open.
The yellow alert will not come in the way of salons and beauty parlours which will be allowed to operate in the city.
The Delhi Metro will run at 50% seating capacity and no travellers will be allowed to stand inside. Interstate buses will run at 50% seating and only two passengers will be allowed in autos, e-rickshaws, taxis, and cycle rickshaws.
At weddings and funerals, only 20 people will be allowed and the ban on social, political, religious, festival, and entertainment-related activities will continue. Religious places will remain open but the entry of devotees will be restricted.
The yellow alert will also shut down schools, colleges, educational institutions, and coaching institutes. Private offices will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity from 9 am to 5 pm.