Lockdown 3.0: Arvind Kejriwal announces to ‘re-open’ Delhi with new rules

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced that the Delhi government would implement all of the lockdown relaxations as prescribed by the Ministry of Home Affairs. 

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “Time has come to re-open Delhi. We will have to be ready to live with the coronavirus.” Delhi government continues to ban the travel by flight, metro, and bus.

The Delhi government has come up with new rules and regulations in the third phase of the lockdown. Here’s a list of new rules and relaxations implemented in Delhi during Lockdown 3.0:

  • All government offices to become operational from tomorrow. Those involved in essential services will see 100 per cent attendance.
  • For non-essential government departments, only deputy secretary and 33 per cent staff will be allowed to report to work.
  • Private offices can function with 33 per cent staff.
  • Suspension of travel by flight, Delhi Metro, and buses will continue in the national capital. Plying of cycle rickshaws and autorickshaws, running of taxis and cab aggregators, intra-district, and inter-district plying of buses will remain shut.
  • Schools, malls, gyms, and social, political, cultural, and sports gatherings will remain banned.
  • Salon and barbershops will remain closed.
  • No movement of people will be allowed from 7 pm to 7 am.
  • Those aged above 65 years, pregnant women, those with pre-existing medical conditions, and children below the age of 10 shall continue to stay at home except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes.
  • Out-Patient Departments (OPDs) and medical clinics shall be permitted to operate in Red, Orange and Green Zones, with social distancing norms and other safety precautions; however, these will not be permitted within the containment zones.
  • Self-employed personnel is allowed to resume commercial activities.
  • Connaught Place, malls, and markets will remain closed, barring shops selling essential goods.
  • Stationary and standalone shops will be allowed to open.
  • Print and electronic media, private security firms can open.
  • Firms involved in the manufacturing and supply of essential goods will be allowed to open.
  • I-T, hardware, and e-commerce firms will be allowed to provide essential services.
  • Private vehicles carrying a driver and two rear passengers will be allowed to commute but only to access essential services.
  • Wedding functions with 50 people will be allowed. Funerals allow 20 people.
  • Industrial establishments in industrial areas/estates, SEZs, and EOUs with access control have been permitted.
  • The other industrial activities permitted are manufacturing units of essential goods, including drugs, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, their raw material and intermediates; production units, which require continuous process, and their supply chain; manufacturing of IT hardware; jute industry with staggered shifts and social distancing manufacturing units of packaging material.
  • In-situ construction (where workers are available on-site, and no workers are required to be brought in from outside) and construction of renewable energy projects are allowed.
  • All standalone (single) shops, neighbourhood (colony) shops, and shops in residential complexes are permitted to remain open without any distinction of essential and non-essential.
  • Shops selling liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco, etc. are allowed to operate provided they are standalone (single) shops, neighbourhood (colony) shops, or shops in residential complexes. These shops shall ensure a minimum 6 feet distance among customers and also ensure that not more than five persons are present at one time at the shop.
  • All agriculture activities, e.g., sowing, harvesting, procurement, and marketing operations in the agricultural supply chain, are permitted.
  • A large part of the financial sector remains open, which includes banks, non-banking finance companies (NBFCs), insurance and capital market activities, and credit co-operative societies.
  • All goods traffic is to be permitted, which is essential for maintaining the supply chain of goods and services across the country during the lockdown period.

There are 96 containment zones in Delhi. So far, 64 patients have died due to COVID-19 in the national capital.

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