The Delhi government has relaxed lockdown rules beginning today to help kickstart the economy. The country enters the third phase of the lockdown beginning today. Lockdown 3.0 will last till May 17. On Sunday, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that self-employed people like maids, plumber, technicians, laundry, cleaners, car wash people, etc will be allowed to work from today. The movement will, however, follow a 7 am to 7 pm timing.
Addressing an online media briefing, Kejriwal said the Delhi government will implement all lockdown relaxations prescribed by Home Ministry.
He, however, said that barbershops, spas and salons will not be allowed to open.
"Stationery shops will also be allowed to open...standalone shops and neighbourhood shops for both essential and non-essential items can remain open.. However, e-commerce activities will be permitted for essential goods and items only," he added.
He further informed that private hospitals all across Delhi will be allowed to function from Monday but with 33 per cent manforce only.
"For the next two weeks, school, colleges, coaching institutes, hotels and restaurants will remain closed across the national capital. Spa, salon and barber shops will also remain closed," he said.
Kejriwal suggested the centre to declare only containment areas in the city as red zone and not the entire district.
The Delhi government said that strict action will be taken against those found spitting at public places.
Meanwhile, the total number of Covid-19 positive cases in India rose to 40,263 including 28,070 active cases, 10,887 cured/discharged/migrated and 1,306 deaths. 2,487 new Covid-19 positive cases, 83 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.
(This copy was updated on May 4, 2020. The earlier version of the story was headlined "Self employed people like maids, plumber, technicians will be allowed to work from Monday: Kejriwal")