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Delhi unlock: Gyms, yoga institutes to reopen from Monday; banquet halls allowed to host marriages

Delhi was under a lockdown between April 19 and May 30 as the second wave raged. The city started unlocking in phases from May 31 with the permission to factories within industrial areas and construction activities to resume.

Written by Sourav Roy Barman | New Delhi |
Updated: June 26, 2021 10:31:31 pm
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Gyms, yoga institutes will reopen and banquet halls will be allowed to host marriage events with the number of guests capped at 50 as part of the next round of relaxations of Covid restrictions being offered in the national capital from Monday.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) issued an order late Saturday specifying the course of the unlock. Gym owners had been complaining about mounting losses and people pointing out the impracticality of keeping fitness centres shut despite throwing open malls, markets and public transport.

“Gymnasiums and yoga institutes will be permitted to open up to 50 per cent of the capacity,” the DDMA order said. In the case of banquet halls, marriage halls, hotels, “only marriages shall be allowed with ceiling of 50 persons…” it added.

The DDMA also discussed the situation outside stations of the Delhi Metro, marked by long queues due to a cap on the seating capacity at 50 per cent in each train coach. As a result, only a limited number of people are allowed to enter the stations at a time so as to avoid violation of the DDMA order on seating capacity.

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However, restrictions in the metro will remain for at least another week. Currently, an eight-coach train that can carry up to 2400 passengers can run with around 250-300 people as the metro has been allowed to operate at 50 per cent seating capacity.

Moreover, standing commutes are also not allowed.

On June 14, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had written to the Delhi government, urging “further relaxations” to tackle the situation.

Delhi was under a lockdown between April 19 and May 30 as the second wave raged. The city started unlocking in phases from May 31 with the permission to factories within industrial areas and construction activities to resume. On June 7, markets, malls and the Delhi Metro services were allowed to open at 50 per cent capacity and from June 14, the 50 per cent cap was removed in case of markets and malls. Subsequently, parks and public gardens and bars were allowed to reopen.

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The 50 per cent seating capacity cap on restaurants and bars will stay.

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First published on: 26-06-2021 at 07:28:56 pm

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