COVID-19: All private offices in Delhi to be closed due to increase in cases

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority has asked all private offices to close in the nation’s capital amid an increase in the number of coronavirus cases. Only offices involved in essential services or those falling under the “exempt category” will be allowed to remain open. So far, the DDMA has allowed offices to operate at 50 percent of their capacity.

The DDMA also declared in its decree that all restaurants and bars will be closed. Restaurants and bars will, however, be allowed to continue their home delivery and take-out services.

He said that appropriate action under the provisions of Articles 51 to 60 of the 2005 Disaster Management Act and Article 188 of the IPC will be taken against the violators of the above-mentioned measures. This goes beyond the imposition of fines by the Department of Health and Family Welfare.

The DDMA has stated that all District Magistrates, District DCPs, District Deputy Commissioners or relevant authorities of municipal corporations / New Delhi City Council / Delhi Cantonment Council will take necessary measures to ensure compliance with order in their respective areas.

The order comes as Delhi reported 19,166 new cases and 17 more deaths in one day. According to the government, the positivity rate has risen to 25 percent.

Delhi’s LG Anil Baijal called on the health department to ensure that enough manpower is deployed to hospitals and to ensure that immunization efforts are stepped up. He also advised officers to ensure appropriate behavior in COVID followed by people in markets.

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