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Delhi weekend curfew begins tonight; what’s allowed and what’s not

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The weekend curfew will not allow movement of non-essential items. State government and municipal officials not involved in essential services will have to work from home. Private offices will have to operate with 50 percent capacity.

Delhi weekend curfew begins tonight; what’s allowed and what’s not
The Delhi government has imposed a weekend curfew in the national capital from 10 pm on Friday (January 7) to 5 am on Monday to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA)  took this decision amid sharp increase in coronavirus cases. The city had recorded 15,097 new infections on Thursday, taking the tally since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic to 14,89,463.

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What’s allowed

Exempted categories include healthcare workers from all government and private hospitals, government officials engaged in essential services, and pregnant women and sick people in need of health services.

Those who are coming from or going to the airport, railway stations, and bus terminals will be allowed to move over the weekend on showing valid travel tickets.

Also, those appearing for academic or recruitment exams will be allowed to move during the curfew on producing the ID and admit card, the report said.

What’s not allowed

The weekend curfew will not allow the movement of non-essential items. State government and municipal officials not involved in essential services will have to work from home, the order said.

 During the weekend, private offices will have to operate with 50 percent capacity, said the DDMA statement.

Markets and malls in the national capital will be shut over the weekend and only shops selling essential commodities will be allowed to open.
Government officials who are not involved in essential services will work from home. In case of private offices, 50 percent employees will work remotely.
What's allowed

The DDMA has allowed public transport buses and metros to run at full seating capacity. Earlier, buses and metros in Delhi were running with 50 percent seating capacity and no standing passengers. The decision to operate in full capacity was taken to avoid crowding outside metro stations and bus stops, Sisodia said, adding that the government feared these areas would become superspreaders.

The curfew will not affect the functioning of testing labs, oxygen suppliers and other medical services.
Officials involved in emergency services and officials of the Government of India. They will have to produce valid identity cards.
Doctors, nurses, paramedics, pregnant women, patients and their attendants.
People going to get vaccinated or tested for COVID-19, persons travelling to and from railway stations, airports and bus terminals. The travellers have to produce their tickets as proof.
Professionals engaged in print and electronic media, students appearing for exams and staff deployed for duty for exams.
People going to attend weddings. They will have to produce copies of invitation cards.
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