Amid drop in Covid cases, Delhi Government lifts restrictions

Following a decline in daily cases in the national capital, Delhi is poised to eliminate all coronavirus restrictions from 28th Feb, Monday. The government, on the other hand, emphasised that “Covid-appropriate behaviour,” such as wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and maintaining good hand hygiene, must be followed at all times. The limits were put in place in December, when India was hit by a third wave of the disease, this time fueled by the extremely contagious Omicron variety. According to the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), the night curfew will be lifted, the 50 percent seating limit in restaurants, movie theatres, and pubs will be lifted, and schools will no longer offer online classes beginning April 1.

Only students in grades 9 and 11 will be taught in a hybrid format with the parental agreement until March 31, according to officials. The penalty for not wearing a mask has also been reduced from 2,000 to 500 rupees. The decisions were made during a DDMA meeting on Friday in which lieutenant governor Anil Baijal and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal were present.

“It was decided to remove all Covid-19 related restrictions in Delhi from February 28, 2022 (Monday) while adhering to the guidelines issued by the Government of India and ensuring observance of Covid-Appropriate Behaviour, including wearing masks and maintaining social distancing,” Baijal tweeted after the meeting. He praised all officials’ efforts in containing the pandemic, but warned that agencies should continue watchful in their fight against Covid-19. A larger emphasis was also placed on outreach, with the goal of fully vaccinating all persons who are eligible.

Meanwhile, the government said on Saturday that wearing masks in a private car in the national capital will no longer be required, even if there are multiple people in the car. Previously, only when driving alone was it permissible to avoid wearing a mask.

So far, approximately 18.6 lakh Covid cases have been reported in the national capital, with 2,086 active cases, 26,122 deaths, and 18,31,426 recoveries. After 484 new cases were reported on Sunday, Delhi’s daily tally increased slightly.

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