All shopping malls in New Delhi will be shut with immediate effect in view of the novel coronavirus cases, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced Friday. As many as 14 cases, including one death, have been registered in the national capital so far.
Grocery stores, pharmacies, and vegetable shops in malls, however, will remain open, he added.
In view of the prevailing situation, we are closing down all Malls (except grocery, pharmacy and vegtable shops in them)
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 20, 2020
Taking to Twitter, Kejriwal said, “In view of the prevailing situation, we are closing down all malls (except grocery, pharmacy and vegetable shops in them).”
On Wednesday, the Gurgaon administration had announced a similar move.
CM Kejriwal also announced that restaurants in the national capital will remain closed at least until March 31 even as he announced a fresh set of restrictions, including barring gatherings of more than 20 people, to contain the spread of coronavirus.
For the time being, home delivery and takeaway facilities will continue in restaurants extending such facilities, Kejriwal told a press conference, following a review meeting with Lt Governor Anil Baijal and other Cabinet ministers and senior officials of the administration.
Meanwhile, Delhi Metro rail services will remain suspended on Sunday, a measure aimed at encouraging people to stay indoors in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a “janata curfew”.
In a statement issued by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, it said: “In the wake of ‘Janta Curfew’ to be observed this Sunday, it has decided to keep metro services closed. The move is aimed at encouraging public to stay indoors and maintain social distancing, which is essential in the fight against Covid-19.”
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