As COVID cases continue to decline in the country, the national capital of Delhi announced that it will withdraw all Covid restrictions, including night curfew. Furthermore, physical classes in schools will be restarted from April 1 and the fine for not wearing masks will be reduced from Rs 2,000 to Rs 500, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced. ‘Government will keep a strict watch,” the CM added.
He said that the restrictions were lifted as the COVID-19 situation had improved and people were facing hardships due to the curbs.
DDMA withdraws all restrictions as situation improves n people facing hardships due to loss of jobs
Schools to function fully offline from 1 Apr
Fines for not wearing masks reduced to Rs 500
All shud continue following Covid Appropriate Behaviour. Govt will keep strict watch
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 25, 2022
Delhi Disaster Management Authority withdraws all restrictions as situation improves n people facing hardships due to loss of jobs. Schools to function fully offline from 1 April. Fines for not wearing masks reduced to Rs 500. All should continue following Covid Appropriate Behaviour. government will keep strict watch, CM Kejriwal tweeted.
The announcement comes after the meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Friday, February 25.
On Thursday, February 24, the capital reported a positivity rate if 1.10 per cent with 556 new Covid cases along with six deaths due to the infection, according to Delhi government’s health department data.
On February 4, the DDMA had allowed several relaxations, including opening of schools and colleges. The schools were allowed to function in mixed online-offline mode. Weekend curfew was lifted but the timing of imposition of night curfew was extended to 11 PM instead of 10 PM to 5 AM.
The restriction that remained in force included permitting only one weekly market in a municipal zone, Cap of 200 persons at weddings as well as funeral-related gatherings and ban on entry of visitors at religious places.
A detailed order on relaxations permitted by the DDMA is expected to be issued soon.
Talking about the move, Dr Vaibhav Awasthi, Pulmonologist at Apollo Hospital, says that the curbs are being lifted at the ‘perfect time’.
It is the perfect time to lift COVID curbs as we have already passed the third wave of infection, and thankfully we were at a much better place than the second wave. Moreover, WHO and other experts have continuously been warning us that Omicron was not the last variant, so at such a time, we need to shift our focus to people’s livelihoods, vaccinating the remaining population and of course, following COVID appropriate behaviour. I hope other cities will follow the sign and remove the restrictions as well, especially when it comes to children and schools. While adults have been able to go back to their pre-covid lifestyle gradually like going back to offices, children are the ones who are the ones struggling in more ways than one due to online schooling. We need to send our children back to schools.
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