To contain the spread of the COVID-19 and in view of the record rise in the COVID-19 cases, the Delhi Government has announced a complete lockdown in the Capital, starting Monday (April 19, 10 PM) night until Monday (April 26, 6 AM) morning.
The Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal announced the Curfew by holding a press conference today and called it a 'Mini Lockdown'. All the essential services will be operational during the Curfew.
Highlights of the Order
- Essential services, food services, medical services will continue. Weddings can be held with a gathering of only 50 people, passes will be issued separately for it.
- E-passes will be issued to people engaged in running shops selling medicines, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish; people working in banks, telecom/ internet services, delivery of essential goods, petrol pumps; those going for Covid-19 vaccination.
- Gyms, Spas, cinema halls, auditoriums will remain closed and Private offices too will remain closed.
- Private security services, manufacturing units for essential commodities, manufacturing units of non-essential commodities having onsite workers, production units which require continuous process can stay open, home delivery of food from restaurants, Cold storage and warehousing services have been exempted from curfew restrictions.
- Students appearing from exams will be allowed to move with valid admit cards being considered as curfew passes and the People associated with telecom, internet, cable services, IT and IT-enabled services will be exempted from restrictions.
- Religious places will be allowed to remain open but no visitors shall be allowed.
It may be noted that Delhi witnessed the biggest surge in the daily COVID-19 caseload as 25,462 fresh cases were reported on Sunday (April 18).
Yesterday, the Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal had informed that Delhi was facing acute shortage of oxygen. He had tweeted,
"Del facing acute shortage of oxygen. In view of sharply increasing cases, Del needs much more than normal supply. Rather than increasing supply, our normal supply has been sharply reduced and Delhi's quota has been diverted to other states. OXYGEN HAS BECOME AN EMERGENCY IN DEL"
The decision to impose 7 day Curfew was taken at a meeting held between Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The Delhi Government had earlier announced a weekend curfew in the national capital in view of the continuous surge in covid-19 cases over the past few weeks. The decision had come after Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal was addressing a media briefing. The said announcement was made after Arvind Kejriwal's meeting with Delhi LG Anil Baijal.
It may be noted that in view of the alarming rise in the Covid 19 cases in the national capital, the Delhi High Court, in continuation of its earlier order dated 8th April 2021, has resolved that it shall take up "extremely urgent matters" filed this year only with effect from 19th April 2021.
Also, the Delhi District Courts will only take up "urgent cases" in view of the "alarming rise in covid 19 cases" in the National capital.
The office order issued on Monday by the Registrar General of the Delhi High Court however stated that all other matters listed before such District Courts will be adjourned 'en bloc' information of which will be uploaded on this regard on the websites of the respective District Courts.