Delhi will be shutting down from 10 p.m. today to fight against the rising cases covid-19 in the state. Even though most of the services will be halted, all the essential emergency services will be allowed during the weekend curfew.
According to an order issued by the Delhi disaster management authority ddma, the weekend curfew will remain in force between 10:00 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday. However, the other restrictions will be in effect till 30th April.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that the restrictions are imposed to stop the spread of covid-19 since it has put a tremendous strain on the medical infrastructure and healthcare workers. “We need to do something urgently to control the spike in Covid cases. For this, we have taken a decision that there will be a weekend curfew in Delhi. However, let me make it clear that essential services will be allowed, and people who are getting married will be issued special passes,” the Chief Minister had said.
Kejriwal also said that during the weekdays a majority of people step out to go to work but during weekends, people mostly word for activities that can be easily avoided. He also urged the Delhi people to follow covid-appropriate behaviour. The Chief Minister warned people of the state that the second wave of Covid-19 is far more dangerous than anything the city has seen so far.
Here is the list of all the covid curbs that must be followed during the weekend curfew in Delhi.
- Only the essential and emergency services will operate.
- Few passes will be given for marriages, travellers heading to airports, railway stations and specific other emergency things.
- Gyms, auditoriums, malls, pools will all be closed until further notice.
- Cinema halls are allowed to operate at 30% capacity.
- One weekly market is allowed per day per zone
- No dine-in allowed in the restaurants. Only takeaway is allowed.
You can apply for Delhi curfew pass online as well. The DDMA has made it mandatory for people to obtain e-passes for travel during the weekend curfew cool place between Friday 10:00 p.m. till Monday 6 a.m. There are certain movement passes allowed to the people, such as:
For individuals having personal emergencies requiring a visit to doctor or hospital, buying essentials items, etc. For individuals engaged in the delivery of emergency or essential services within and outside Delhi during the movement period.
How to apply:
- First, go the the Delhi Police website at www.delhipolice.nic.in
- Click on “movement pass” and create an account to log in.
- Enter your ‘Username’ & password.
- Fill up the form and provide your identification proof such as Aadhar card, driving licence, PAN Card, passport, voter ID card.
- Submit the application.
- You’ll receive an SMS that will inform you when the movement pass is approved.
- Log in again to your account and download the pass. Save it on your smartphone or you can print it out as well.
Delhi is facing the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic where over 10,000 cases have been recorded for 5 consecutive days. 16,699 Covid-19 cases and 112 fatalities have been reported on Thursday in the national capital according to the health department.
Delhi went into complete lockdown last year between 22 March and 18 May. However, things might be a little different this year. There’s no word about a complete lockdown as of now. Although, the weekend curfew might just be the beginning.