The curfew was however extended for one more week as the situation is still ‘precarious’, but the Delhi government allowed the re-opening of some more prohibited activities in a phased manner from Monday (June 7, 2021).
Markets, malls and offices have been allowed to re-open from 5:00 AM after being shut for over one and half months. The Delhi Metro will also resume operations after train services were halted on May 10.
This is pertinent to note that the national capital recorded 381 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, its lowest since March 15, while the positivity rate stood at 0.5 per cent. 34 more people succumbed to the disease in a day, which was Delhi’s lowest in over two months. Delhi now has a total of 14,29,244 coronavirus cases, of which, 24,591 people have died, whereas, 5,889 are active cases.
Following additional activities have been allowed outside Containment Zones in Delhi:
(i) All Government offices of NCT of Delhi / Autonomous bodies / PSUs / Corporations / Local Bodies shall function with officers of the level of Grade-I /equivalent and above to the extent of 100% strength. The remaining staff will attend up to 50% as per the requirement to be assessed by the HOD concerned (the remaining 50% of the staff will work from home). All HODs shall issue consequential orders in respect of their concerned department in this regard. However, Health and Family Welfare and all related medical establishments, Police, Prisons, Home Guards, Civil Defence, Fire and Emergency Services, District Administration, Pay & Account Office, Services, GAD, Power, Water and Sanitation, Public Transport (Air / Railways / Delhi Metro / Buses) including all incidental services/activities that are essential for smooth functioning of all modes of public transport (such as handling of cargo, ticketing air freight station. CFS. ICD etc.), Disaster Management and related services, MC. NCC and Municipal services, and all other essential services shall function without any restrictions (i.e. at 100% strength) and uninterrupted and smooth delivery of public services shall be ensured. These officers/officials shall be allowed, on the production of valid I card. However, officers/officials of the Government of India, its autonomous/subordinate offices and PSUs shall remain allowed as per the restrictions imposed by the Government of India. on the production of a valid I card.
(ii) All Private offices in NCT of Delhi shall be allowed to function to the extent of 50% strength of their staff between 9 AM to 5 PM on the production of valid authority letter and valid I card issued by their employer/firm/company. Private offices/organizations are also advised to stagger the office timings and also stagger the presence and quantum of staff with an objective to reduce the number of employees attending office at the same time so as to ensure the protocol pertaining to social distancing at the workplace. They are further advised to follow the practice of work from home, as far as possible.
(iii) (a) All malls, markets and market complexes (except weekly markets) shall open between 10 AM to 8 PM on an odd-even basis viz. shops would open on alternate days depending on their shop number. This implies that only 50% of the shops (excluding those selling essential goods) shall be opened. However, shops selling essential goods including educational books and stationary shops, fan shops in malls, markets and market complexes, are permitted to open on all days without the restriction of timings. Market Trade Associations (MTAs), District Magistrate, District DCP and Deputy Labour Commissioner concerned would be responsible to ensure the compliance of this stipulation.
(b) All standalone (single) shops and all neighbourhood (colony) shops and shops in residential complexes, shall be permitted to open on all days without any distinction of essential and non-essential goods/services. However, the timings of such shops dealing with non-essential goods/services will be between 10 AM to 8 PM.
(c) The movement of the owners and the employees/workers of the shops of all Malls. Markets, Market complexes. Standalone (single) shops and all Neighbourhood (colony) shops shall be allowed on production of valid I card issued by the employer/firm/company or valid e-pass issued by District Magistrate concerned through an online portal.
d) The liquor vends can also open from Monday on an odd-even basis.
(iv) Transportation by Delhi Metro shall be allowed up to 50% of the seating capacity of metro coach.
(v) Delivery of all type of goods through e-commerce shall be allowed on production of valid I card issued by the employer/firm company.
The Delhi government has directed that all COVID Appropriate Behaviour viz wearing of masks, maintaining social distancing, regular hand washing and use of sanitizer, maintaining health hygiene, no spitting, no consumption of liquor, pan, gutkha, tobacco etc. shall be maintained in all Government and Private Offices, malls, markets, market complexes, standalone (single) shops, neighborhood (colony) shops etc.
The Market Trade Associations (MTAs) and Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) will be responsible for ensuring compliance of COVID Appropriate Behaviour by all shopkeepers, offices and residents within the premises of malls, markets, market complexes, offices and societies.