The weekend curfew that has been imposed on the capital for almost a month now was lifted today. Hence, with a constant decrease in covid-19 cases, the Delhi government has decided to ease several restrictions. Also, the odd-even curbs existing for markets have been removed. Restaurants and cinemas will be operating at 50 % occupancy from now on.
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The decision of lifting weekend curfew:
Several curbs were enforced in the wake of the fast-spreading omicron variant of covid-19. But, today, i.e 27th January 2022 a new decision of lifting the curbs was taken in a meeting. Hence, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) held this meeting where the Delhi Government and lieutenant governor Anil Baijal were present.
What curfews are lifted in Delhi?
They decided to open cinemas, bars, and restaurants at 50 percent occupancy. Also, schools, colleges, and educational institutions will be shut for now. The weekend curfew is lifted and only nights curfews will stay intact between 10 pm to 5 am. As per new covid-19 orders, government offices will also reopen at 50 percent staff occupancy.
In the meeting, no decision was made on the fate of educational institutions. Thus, Manish Sisodia, the education minister, and deputy chief minister has shown concerns. As per him, the prolonged shutdown of schools and colleges is affecting the mental health of students. He recommended that reopening schools is essential to prevent any damage to the social and emotional well-being of children. Also, a large number of parents are supporting school reopening.
Satyendra Jain, the health minister of Delhi said that the positivity rate in the city is decreasing. Hence, the situation is getting under control with a positivity rate below 10 percent. So, there is no point in a weekend curfew now.