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Delhi Weekend Curfew: 30% Seating in Theatres, Malls and Gyms Shut, Essential Services Exempt from Restrictions

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All cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes in New Delhi will function at 30% seating capacity on weekends, as per the new curfew orders issued on Thursday by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to curb the rising wave of Covid-19 cases. Only essential services will be exempt from the restrictions, the order stated.



Shopping malls, gyms and auditoriums will be completely close. While restaurants will be closed for dine-in, home delivery will be allowed. One weekly market per day per zone will be allowed with  special restrictions, which will be issued on Friday.

Covid-19 protocols will be made stricter in public places, including market areas, to maintain social distancing, mandatory usage of masks and sanitisers.

In a live video on Thursday, Kejriwal said that the focus during weekends was to “break the chain” of the virus to ensure minimum interaction between people. Curfew passes will be provided to people visiting hospitals, airports, and railway stations along with prefixed marriage functions.

In the wake of the second wave of Covid-19, the department of disaster management of the NCT Delhi government on Monday had ordered 50% seating capacity in cinema halls, theatres and single-screens, restaurants and bars along with several other restrictions for social gatherings, travel and transport, educational institutions.

With the number of Covid-19 cases setting new records daily, New Delhi recorded over 17,000 new cases taking the total number of active cases in to 54, 309 on Thursday, surpassing Mumbai, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.

According to the new orders issued on Monday, restrictions on social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious, festival related and other gatherings with sports events being held without spectators and swimming pools being used only for the training of sportspersons who are participating in national and international events.

Ever since the second wave of the pandemic has been gaining momentum in the country, Maharashtra, KarnatakaTamil Nadu have issued new guidelines and imposed restrictions and night curfews in their respective states, with 50% occupancy in cinema halls, restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs, metro coaches and certain government offices.

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