In a transfer that may convey reduction to shopowners within the nationwide capital forward of the festive season, the Delhi authorities has lifted the 8 pm deadline for retailers following a slide in Covid circumstances.
The relief, which can come into pressure from Monday, will apply to all retailers, together with these in procuring complexes and malls. Additionally, eating places within the metropolis can now keep open past 10 pm.
Asserting the choice, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stated, “Until now, markets in Delhi had permission to remain open until 8 pm. Because the variety of Covid circumstances have dropped, this restriction is being lifted.”
The Chief Minister’s announcement got here as Delhi reported 19 new Covid circumstances right now and 0 deaths with a positivity price of 0.03 per cent. The variety of energetic circumstances within the nationwide capital now stands at 430.
In the course of the second wave of Covid infections that struck in April-Could this 12 months, Delhi witnessed horrifying scenes of individuals scrambling for hospital beds and oxygen cylinders. The town had then recorded a single-day excessive of 28,395 circumstances and its positivity price had crossed the 35 per cent mark.
To convey the state of affairs below management, strict curbs had been put in place and all retailers, besides these dealing in important gadgets, had been ordered to close. This got here as a double blow to shopowners already reeling below the affect of final 12 months’s nationwide lockdown.
In June, when the town was recording about 200 circumstances each day, the Delhi authorities allowed retailers to open between 10 am and eight pm.