BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that time has come to re-open the national capital while adding that people will have to be ready to live with the dreadful coronavirus.
“Entire Delhi is a red zone. The central government has given some relaxations to the red zones and we will be allowing all that,” Kejriwal said in a press conference on Sunday.
Praising the Centre’s decision to impose the lockdown in March, Kejriwal said that it was necessary at that time as the country was not prepared to fight the novel coronavirus.
“That time the country was not ready to fight COVID-19. We had no idea of social distancing, neither the people or hospitals were ready. We had no Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits or testing kits either,” Kejriwal said.
The Delhi Chief Minister, however, said that the country will not be able to sustain the lockdown for long as the economy is at risk. He said that the revenue has fallen from Rs 3,500 crores in April of previous years to Rs 300 crores this year and the government will not be able to function like this.
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— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 3, 2020
Announcing that the Delhi government will implement all the Centre’s order on lockdown 3.0, Kejriwal said that the city-state is fully ready to relax the restrictions.
Kejriwal said that private offices will be allowed to operate with 33 per cent of strength while government offices engaged in essential services will function with full strength.
“All inter-state buses, metros and air travel will be suspended. Autos will be suspended too. The movement of the goods will be allowed,” he said, adding that standalone shops will be allowed to open irrespective of whether they sell essential or non-essential items.
The chief minister has allowed weddings but with only 50 people and at funeral, 20 people will be allowed only. Meanwhile, people who are above the age of 65 and children below the age of 10, pregnant women, and those with chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension should not go out of doors.
Meanwhile, educational institutions, public transport, malls and markets, cinemas, hotels, restaurants, salons and beauty parlours, gymnasiums and swimming pools will remain shut. The religious places will remain closed and there will be a ban on religious gatherings.
Delhi has recorded 384 fresh cases of coronavirus, the highest single-day spike so far, taking the infection tally to 4,122.