Officials confirmed that Delhi, which is battling the coronavirus crisis, will implement a one-week curfew starting Monday night. Delhi is in the midst of the fourth coronavirus pandemic, with more than 100,000 cases recorded in the past five days.
The decision was announced shortly after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Monday, a day after the city-state saw 25,462 cases of Covid-19.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Delhi curfew:
- Officials said that the curfew that began on Monday night will last until the early morning of April 26.
- The lockdown, called a “curfew” by the government, will also include private offices.
- LG Baijal has asked officials to strictly address the problems of migrant workers, who may begin to gather at border crossings throughout the city to leave their hometown again.
- Only those who handle basic services, including government agencies, are allowed.
- All private offices will be instructed to work from home.
- Just as the Delhi police enforced weekend curfews, Section 144 will be implemented throughout the city.
- The heads of important markets in Delhi, including Khan Market, Connaught Place, Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Karol Bagh, convened a meeting on Monday to call for the market to be closed. The Chandni Chowk traders association called on all its traders to keep the market closed until April 25.
- Large shopping malls, spas, auditoriums and stadiums will be closed all day until further orders are issued. The cinema will operate at 30% capacity.
- During the curfew, restaurants and dining facilities in Delhi may be closed.
- According to the weekend curfew that has been implemented, each area of the city will have only one open weekly market every day, and this market may continue next week. The market will be operated inside the school to facilitate physical evacuation, and visitors will need to be tested for Covid-19 on site.