On Sunday, Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal announced the reopening of the capital.
The Chief Minister at a news conference said, “The time has come to re-open Delhi.” He declared that Delhi will need to prepare to measure with coronavirus.
Delhi has thus far seen 4,122 cases of coronavirus, of whom 1256 patients have recovered, 64 have died.
Indicating a phased removal of the lockdown, the Chief Minister said Delhi is ready to ease restrictions “in places aside from containment zones”.
As per reports, Mr. Kejriwal has suggested the Union government ease the restrictions except for containment zones. He further said that shops can be opened on an odd-even basis, and some cases will rise for that Delhi is prepared with hospitals and kits.”
Private offices, Mr. Kejriwal said, can open but only 33 percent of the workforce will be allowed. Sectors love its hardware manufacturing, essential goods manufacturing units can continue.
Besides, e-commerce activities for essential goods, IT services and call centers, warehouses, and personal security services also can continue, he said.
While major market areas will remain shut like Connaught Place and Khan Market will remain shut. Shops that are providing essential services can remain open, said the Chief Minister. Stationery shops, standalone and neighborhood shops, and residential lanes shops for both essential and non-essential services are often open.
Also, self-employed people, like technicians, plumbers, electricians, and household helps, are going to be allowed to start work.
While conveyance will stay shut, private vehicles – four-wheelers and two-wheelers – can ply. In Four-wheelers two people can accommodate and on two-wheelers, one person will accommodate.
Mr. Kejriwal said that they are making these decisions to avoid two enormous problems that will arise after turning all of Delhi into a red zone. He said that due to the lockdown huge number of people have gone jobless, and people suffering from it want to leave the city. He further said that Delhi would not be able to bear this for long.
Secondly, due to the lockdown, the govt isn’t ready to get any revenue. How the government will pay salary and how will it function, if no revenue is generated.
All places where crowding is possible like educational institutes, malls, and markets, along with religious places will remain closed.