Delhi government announces lockdown and exempts essential services

In a bid to curb the spread of Covid in the nation’s capital, the Delhi government has announced a week-long lockdown starting at 10 p.m. Monday night until 5 a.m. next Monday.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that for the duration of the lockdown, all essential services regarding food, medicine etc. would continue.

As per the notice of Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), employees working in Delhi government essential services like medical facilities, police, prisons, home guards, civil defence, fire and emergency services are exempt from the lockdown.

Officers of the Union Government, its Autonomous and Subordinate Offices and UAPs are also exempt after showing their official ID.

Private healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses, paramedics, medical equipment suppliers, paramedics, employees of pharmaceutical companies and other hospital departments are also exempted by the DDMA during the lockdown.

“All court officers and staff members of all courts in Delhi, people undergoing Covid test or vaccination, pregnant women and patients who are going to receive medical services as well as an attendant with a valid identity card as well as a medical prescription are also exempt,” the DDMA notice says.

Persons with a valid ticket traveling to or from railway stations, the Interstate Bus Station (ISBT) and airports are also exempt.

The DDMA notice also exempts students who will sit for exams and staff on exam duty

The movement of employees of commercial and private establishments providing essential services also exempted by the DDMA.

The DDMA banned all political, social, religious and academic gatherings during the lockdown.

All shops, malls, weekly markets, gyms, salons, public parks, stores, restaurants/bars, sports complexes, malls, training and educational institutes, beauty salons, private establishments and water parks must remain closed during the curfew in the National Capital.

The DDMA has authorized the circulation of public transport with restrictions. Delhi’s buses and metro will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity. Auto rickshaws and taxis are permitted to operate with a maximum of two passengers. RTVs allowed to operate with a maximum of 11 passengers at a time.

No visitors are allowed in religious places or places of worship.

For weddings, a maximum of 50 guests will be allowed. Guests, however, will need to show wedding cards to attend and hosts will need to obtain separate passes.

“It is also wedding season. It is with great difficulty that people find a good match and we do not want to hinder this. Therefore, only 50 people in total would be allowed to attend the wedding for which leaves -separate passes would be issued,” Kejriwal said.

National and international sporting events are permitted without an audience.

The DDMA specifies that with the exception of those who are exempt or authorized from travel and activities, all other offices, establishments, private businesses. malls, malls. weekly markets, manufacturing units, educational establishments, cinema and theatres, restaurant, bars, auditoriums/meeting rooms. entertainment/attractions/water parks. public parks and gardens, sports complexes, gymnasiums, spas. hair salons. salons, beauty salons, swimming pools (except for the training of athletes for participation in national and international events), construction activities (except when workers reside on site) will remain closed during the fire.

“There has been massive work in the health field over the past five years, but if strong measures are not taken now, our system may collapse,” Kejriwal said as he announced the lockdown.

Michelle J. Kelley