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Delhi Cinema Halls To Reopen At 50% Capacity; Metro To Run At 100% Capacity From Monday

Delhi: The Delhi government on Saturday announced a fresh easing of COVID-19 restrictions, allowing Metro trains and buses to operate at full capacity in Delhi from July 26.

According to a fresh order issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes are allowed to function with 50 per cent capacity.

Cinema halls/ theatres/ multiplexes have been allowed to reopen in Delhi with up to 50% of the seating capacity from 5 am on July 26. Spas will also be permitted to open subject to certain restrictions.

Bars will also be allowed to reopen with a 50 per cent seating capacity from 12 noon to 10 pm. All shops will be allowed to function between 10 am and 8 pm on all days of the week without distinction of essential and non-essential goods and services.

“It is observed that the number and positivity rate of COVID-19 patients have come down significantly and the overall condition has improved,” the DDMA order said. Covid-19 Management.”

Auditoriums, assembly halls can also reopen with a 50 per cent seating capacity. Intra-state buses will only be allowed to ply with 100 per cent seating capacity with back door boarding and front door deboarding. The order states that no passenger will be allowed to stand in both buses and metros.

Wedding events can take place with the presence of a maximum of 100 persons and the same cap is applicable for funerals too, the DDMA said.

Religious places will also open in the national capital but visitors will not be allowed.

In order to reopen the spas, DDMA mentioned that all the staff of the spa will have to mandatorily vaccinate and they will also have to undergo an RT-PCR test every fortnight. For treatment beyond 30 minutes, staff must wear PPE kits.

“It is further directed that the market trade associations, banquet halls, marriage hall associations, gymnasiums and Yoga institute association, other trade associations and resident welfare associations shall also be responsible for ensuring compliance of Covid appropriate behaviours by all shops, malls, markets, market complexes, offices, weekly markers, clinic, banquet halls/marriage halls and residents within their respective areas,” the order stated.

Delhi’s COVID-19 situation is improving steadily as the death toll of COVID has come down to almost zero. On Friday, Delhi reported one Covid death and 58 fresh infections. There have been cases of overcrowding in local markets, following which the authorities temporarily closed those markets.

These activities will remain prohibited:

  • All schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed. Online /distance learning shall continue to be permitted and should be encouraged.
  • All social, political, sports, entertainment, cultural, religious, festival related gatherings and congregations.
  • Banquet halls (except for marriages).

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