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Delhi government lifts restrictions on COVID curbs; malls, markets to function as per their normal time

 Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the decision to allow markets to function as per normal timings.
 

Delhi government lifts restrictions on COVID curbs; malls, markets to function as per their normal time-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Aug 21, 2021, 4:59 PM IST
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With Delhi recording the lowest ever number of Covid cases since April last year, the government on Saturday decided to lift restrictions imposed on markets, malls, shops and restaurants from Monday.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the decision to allow markets to function as per normal timings.

"Until now the markets in Delhi were allowed to open till 8 pm due to a coronavirus outbreak. Due to decreasing number of cases, the limit is being removed from Monday. Now the markets will be able to open as per their normal time," Kejriwal tweeted.

Earlier, the Delhi government had permitted markets to function only till 8 pm in view of Covid-19 cases. However, with cases and positivity rate under control, the new relaxations will be effective from next week.  

The Chamber of Trade and Industry (CTI) had written a letter to the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) demanding that the closing time of malls and markets in the national capital should be extended from the present 8 pm to 10 pm.

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These markets were closed in the national capital after a lockdown was imposed on April 19 due to the spike in cases during the second Covid-19 wave. A week later, markets in each municipal zone were allowed to open with proper adherence to Covid-appropriate behaviour and official guidelines.

On Saturday, Delhi recorded just 19 fresh cases, while zero death was reported for the second consecutive day, which is the lowest since April 15 last year. As a result, the positivity rate dropped to 0.03%, according to the latest bulletin on Saturday.

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