Covid: Delhi LG rejects govt’s decision to allow hotels, weekly markets under Unlock 3

Delhi’s Lt Governor Anil Baijal has rejected the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s decision to allow hotels and weekly markets to operate under Unlock 3.

Officials said this decision has been taken because the Covid-19 situation in Delhi continues to be “fragile” and the threat is still “far from over”.

On Thursday, the Arvind Kejriwal government decided to allow hotels to reopen in the city.

It also allowed weekly bazaars (markets) on a trial basis for seven days with social distancing and all necessary Covid-19-appropriate measures in place.

On Wednesday, the Union Home Ministry had released guidelines for Unlock 3.0 under which gyms and Yoga centers have been allowed to operated from August 5 under an SOP formulated by the health ministry. The Centre’s guidelines prohibited schools and other educational institutes, along with swimming pools, bars, movie theatres etc to operate.

The guidelines said a strict lockdown would continue in all areas that have been identified as containment zones.

The Centre had however left it to the state/UTs to decide on the range of activities that they would like to permit outside containment zones.

It said states and UTs may prohibit certain activities outside the containment zones, or impose such other restrictions, based on their assessment of the situation.

With 1,34,403 Covid-19 cases so far, Delhi is third worst hit state/UT in the country after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. As per the central government, 3,936 people have died due to Covid-19 in Delhi.

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Source – India Today