Right when the country has been recording the lowest COVID cases, the Omicron variant threw yet another challenge to the world health care fraternity while numerous countries already announced partial lockdowns respectively. In a similar development, the Delhi government has decided to enforce the ‘yellow’ alert of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in the city.
In a meeting held on Tuesday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal made the announcement with a slew of restrictions to curtail the spread of the virus. But what is this ‘Yellow Alert’? What’s allowed and what’s not in a city where this alert is enforced?
Yellow alert enforces curbs such as night curfew, closure of educational institutions, halved seating capacity in transport facilities, etc., among other things. Here are the main crux of DDMA’S order,
1. Under the new order, schools, cinema halls and gyms were shut in the capital.
2. Spas, banquet halls, auditoriums and sports complexes were also closed with immediate effect.
3. Shops in malls will be allowed to operate on an odd-even basis from 10 am to 8 pm, the order said.
4. Delhi Metro, restaurants and bars will operate at 50% capacity.
5. Along with Metro, buses will also be operating at 50% of the seating capacity. Both in the Metro and buses, no standing passengers will be allowed.
6. Political, religious, festival-related gatherings won’t be allowed. Religious places can stay open but visitors won’t be allowed.
7. Weddings are allowed with up to 20 people and they can take place only at home or in court. The 20-person limit also applies to funerals.
8. Public parks will also stay open, but picnics or gatherings won’t be allowed.