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Delhi bans dine-in services in restaurants, bars amid spiralling Covid cases, only take away allowed

In the DDMA meeting earlier held today, it decided not to impose lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 and discussed further restrictions such as closing dine-in facility in restaurants and scaling down seating capacity in Metro trains and buses, officials said.

Shashwat Bhandari Edited by: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari
New Delhi Updated on: January 10, 2022 21:23 IST
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Highlights

  • Dine-in services at Delhi restaurants to be discontinued
  • DDMA held a Covid review meeting, post which new curbs have been announced in Delhi
  • It was discussed in DDMA meeting that restrictions imposed in Delhi should also be imposed in NCR

The dine-in service in Delhi restaurants and bars is discontinued in view of the worsening Covid situation, Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) said on Monday. However, takeaway services will continue to take place. The decision comes after Covid review meeting by DDMA, held earlier today.

It was also decided to allow operation of only one weekly market per day per zone, Delhi LG Anil Baijal said.

In the meeting, DDMA decided not to impose lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 and discussed further restrictions such as closing dine-in facility in restaurants and scaling down seating capacity in Metro trains and buses, officials said.

A DDMA meeting, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, also discussed ways to strictly enforce existing restrictions to check rising cases of the coronavirus and its Omicron variant.

It was discussed in the DDMA meeting that restrictions imposed in Delhi should also be imposed in National Capital Territory Region to prevent rise in cases.

Currently, dine-in facility in restaurants is allowed to operate at 50 per cent of their seating capacity. The city buses and Metro trains are permitted to operate with 100 per cent seating capacity.

Kejriwal had on Sunday said the rapid speed at which the coronavirus was spreading in Delhi had been a matter of "deep concern", yet added there was no plan to impose lockdown.

There would be no lockdown if people wear masks, he had stated.

Amid this, what seems like a little breather, most of the fresh cases around -- 85-90% -- are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms. In comparison to the second wave, infections in the third wave are not that serious.

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