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Delhi HC flags violations as city unlocks, says such breach will only hasten 3rd wave

The high court asked the Centre and Delhi government to take strict measures, sensitise shopkeepers and hold meetings with markets and vendors associations in this regard.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 18, 2021 5:59:29 pm
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Breach of Covid protocol will only hasten the third wave, the Delhi High Court warned on Friday while taking note of the violations in markets in the national capital following the easing of restrictions this week. The court asked authorities to take strict measures against violators and sensitise shopkeepers and hold meetings with markets and vendors associations in this regard.

Asserting that the third wave cannot be permitted at all, a vacation bench of Justices Navin Chawla and Asha Menon also directed the Centre and Delhi government to submit status reports about the same.

The bench took note of certain photographs sent to one of the judges of the high court by an AIIMS doctor showing scant regard for Covid-19 protocols by street vendors in markets.

“We have paid a huge price in the second wave. We don’t know if there is any household which has not suffered in the second wave, closely or remotely,” the bench observed.

The national capital unlocked further from Monday with restaurants allowed to open with 50 per cent seating capacity, while markets and shopping malls are not regulated by the odd-even formula anymore, and operating at full capacity. Making the announcement on Sunday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said the government was aiming to bring the city’s economy on track while making robust arrangements to tackle a possible third wave of Covid-19.

However, business activities are allowed between 10 am and 8 pm only

Since Monday, restaurants have also opened with 50 per cent seating capacity. “We will observe how the situation unfolds over the course of the week,” Kejriwal had said.

One weekly market has been allowed per zone every day and as these markets usually witness heavy footfall, ensuring social distancing among customers and shopkeepers emerged as a major challenge during the previous rounds of unlocking, the CM had said.

The Delhi Metro and buses are also operating with 50 per cent seating capacity. In case of autos, cabs, maximum two passengers per vehicle are permitted.

Marriages and funerals have been allowed to place with the permitted number of guests capped at 20. However, public places such as banquet halls, auditoriums will remain shut.

Spas, gymnasiums, swimming pools, public parks and gardens are also shut. Cinema halls, multiplexes and entertainment parks have also not been allowed to open. Schools, colleges will continue to remain shut as well, the CM said.

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