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Delhi Unlock: Markets to open on odd-even basis, Metro to run at 50% capacity

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New Delhi, June 05: Unlocking the national capital, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday announced that the Delhi metro will operate with 50% capacity, while markets and malls will be open on an odd-even basis.

Arvind Kejriwal

He also said the Delhi government will set up two genome sequencing labs at the LNJP Hospital and the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences to determine the coronavirus variant that led to a surge in cases in the city.

The lockdown in Delhi, which was to end at 5 AM on Monday, will be extended further but several relaxations will be allowed, Kejriwal said during an online briefing.

Kejriwal said the Delhi government is preparing for the third wave of COVID-19 keeping in mind that 37,000 daily cases may be reported at its peak and making arrangements for beds, ICUs and medicines.

A paediatric task force has been set up to decide the number of beds, ICU facilities and other equipment needed for children, who are feared to be affected in the third wave, he said.

Arvind Kejriwal announces Delhi Unlock: All you need to know

Has the lockdown been extended in Delhi?

Yes, but with some relaxations.

Will shops and malls remain open?

Shops and malls will be allowed to open on an odd-even basis from 10 am to 8 pm.

Will private offices be allowed to open?

Yes. Private offices can reopen with 50 per cent capacity from 9 AM to 5 P, but have been urged to work from home as much as possible. Companies have been asked to opt for staggered shifts to minimise crowding.

Will government offices be open?

Group A officials can work from office on all days, but other categories under them can work at only 50 per cent capacity. Those in essential services can work at 100 per cent capacity. HoDs will take a call on designating essential services and finalising rosters.

Will Metro trains operate?

Metro trains will operate at 50 per cent capacity

Will liquor shops be open?

No, Liquor, wine and beer shops have remained shut since mid-April due to the Covid lockdown. On May 31, however, the Delhi government allowed home delivery of alcohol, bringing cheer to tippler town.

Will e-commerce operations be allowed?

All facilities in the supply chain of essential goods, whether involved in manufacturing, wholesale or retail of such goods through stores, or e-commerce companies shall be allowed to operate adhering to National Directives for Covid-19 management. Movement of all types of goods including empty goods vehicles will be allowed.

Preparations to counter the probable third wave of Covid infections are on in full swing in Delhi, Kejriwal said. We commenced preparations with a prospective next peak of 37,000 cases, he added.

A pediatric task force has been formed to take care of Covid-fighting measures with children in focus, Kejriwal said.

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