The number of Omicron cases continues to rise in Delhi with the national capital on Wednesday recording 125 new cases, the highest in six months. Amid the Omicron – which has already been declared a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization – threat, the Delhi government has decided to ban all mass gatherings during Christmas and New Year. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has issued a release stating that there has been a persistent rise in COVID-19 cases and therefore all District Administrations need to take all requisite measures or actions to control the spread of COVID-19.
“Delhi Disaster Management Authority in view of rising COVID cases and variant of concern-Omicron, instructs DMs to take all required measures in their respective jurisdictions to control the spread. No mask/No entry should be strictly ensured at shops/workplaces,” the release said.
Delhi Disaster Management Authority in view of rising COVID cases and variant of concern-Omicron, instructs DMs to take all required measures in their respective jurisdictions to control the spread. No mask/No entry should be strictly ensured at shops/workplaces pic.twitter.com/LyHgcM3cv5
— ANI (@ANI) December 22, 2021
Let’s have a look at what’s allowed and what’s not in Delhi:
- All political, social, cultural, religious, sports, entertainment, and festival-related gatherings have been banned in Delhi.
- All bars and restaurants are allowed to function but only with up to 50 per cent of their seating capacity.
- Similarly, assembly halls and auditoriums will be allowed to function with up to 50 per cent of the seating capacity.
- Marriage and gatherings related to the function are allowed for now. But the number of guests in these functions has been capped to up to 200.
- Sports activities in the sports complex and stadi will be allowed but only without spectators.
- Authorised weekly markets are allowed in the national capital subject to strict compliance of COVID-19 related protocols.
- Schools and colleges are still allowed to operate but with strict compliance with COVID-19 related SOP.
- Cinema, multiplexes, and theaters can operate with 100 per cent seating capacity.
- The Delhi Metro is allowed to run with 100 per cent capacity. However, the number of standing passengers has been restricted to 30 per coach.
- Similarly, buses can run with 100 per cent capacity but the number of standing passengers should not be above 50 per cent of seating capacity.