28 Dec, 2021 3:11p.m.

Covid Surge: Delhi brings back restrictions with yellow alert


Due to the increase in Covid instances, Delhi has announced new restrictions with a "yellow alert". Cinemas and gyms will be closed, malls and businesses will open on an odd-even schedule, and the national capital will have a night curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The restrictions come after Delhi's largest single-day surge in infections in six months, with 331 new cases reported yesterday. The positivity rate — the percentage of samples that return positive — was above 0.5 per cent for two days, triggering a yellow alert, according to the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).

Here are the new rules in Delhi under the yellow alert:

  • Malls and shops will open on an odd-even basis, between 10 am and 8 pm
  • Private offices to function with 50% staff barring essential categories
  • Weddings are allowed with up to 20 people, at court or home
  • Cinemas, multiplexes and gyms will be closed
  • Schools and colleges will stay shut
  • Restaurants and bars will be closed at 10 pm, will operate at half capacity
  • The Delhi Metro will function with half its capacity
  • Online deliveries can continue
  • Night curfew in Delhi from 10 pm to 5 am
  • Standalone shops or markets in residential colonies will not follow odd-even
  • Salons, barbershops and parlours will be allowed
  • Spas and wellness clinics will be closed
  • Political, religious, festival related gatherings won't be allowed.

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