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Delhi Unlock: Stadia and sports complexes to reopen on Monday

However, cinema halls, multiplexes, swimming pools, spas, schools and colleges, social, political, cultural, religious and other such gatherings will remain prohibited, the order stated.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: July 4, 2021 2:39:43 pm
DDCA, Kotla stadiumThere will be strict adherence to standard operating procedure and other guidelines of the government, and compliance of Covid appropriate behaviour while opening the stadia and sports complexes. (Express Archive)

Stadia and sports complexes will reopen starting Monday, but without spectators, as per the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) unlock guidelines issues on Sunday afternoon.

No other activities and institutions have been allowed to reopen. Delhi Metro’s request to increase the allowed capacity from 50% has also not been considered this week.

Schools, universities and colleges will remain shut, as will cinema halls and swimming pools.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has asked for relaxation due to long queues outside stations. 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. Last Thursday, DMRC issued a statement, saying it “regrets the inconvenience caused to its esteemed passengers due to these restrictions.”

Delhi was under a lockdown between April 19 and May 30. 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 the case of markets and malls.

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