Delhi: DDMA extends Covid pandemic restrictions till October 31
Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has extended the existing permissions and restrictions on different activities in the capital due to Covid-19 till October 31. All schools for students up to Class VIII will remain shut while social, political, cultural and
Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has extended the existing permissions and restrictions on different activities in the capital due to Covid-19 till October 31. All schools for students up to Class VIII will remain shut while social, political, cultural and religious gatherings will also not be permitted.
On Thursday, Delhi government extended the validity of two notifications under Epidemic Diseases Act 1897. The notifications are aimed at facilitating effective management of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the national capital.
Till now, DDMA has permitted almost all economic activities while all social, political, cultural and religious gatherings will continue to remain shut. All schools and institutes for students from Class IX and above are allowed to open.
DDMA is likely to convene a meeting soon to decide about holding Chhath Puja in public places. It may take a decision about reopening schools for the remaining classes after Diwali on the basis of the pandemic situation.
According to the health and family welfare department of Delhi government, the lieutenant governor has extended the validity of “the notification dated 12.03.2020 and the notification dated 13.06.2020 in respect of Delhi Epidemic Diseases Covid-19 Regulation 2020 and Delhi Epidemic Diseases (Management of Covid-19) Regulation 2020 for another one year”.
Since the pandemic has broken out in the capital in March 2020, over 14.4 lakh positive cases have been reported and 25,089 people have died due to Covid. Delhi reported 26 fresh cases on Friday and has 327 active cases.
The situation in Delhi is under control for the past three months. Restaurants and bars are already allowed to open, but up to only 50% of the seating capacity to avoid crowding. Cinema halls have also been allowed up to 50% seating capacity. The government has also permitted religious places to open for visitors.
DDMA has ordered the district and police authorities to ensure strict compliance of its guidelines and challan people who are found violating Covid norms like wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.