The Delhi government has decided to impose a six-day long lockdown in the national capital to contain the rapid rise of coronavirus cases. After a meeting with the Lieutenant Governor, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the lockdown will come into effect from 10 PM last night which will continue till 5 AM on Monday. He said, people engaged in essential services and facing emergency conditions will be allowed for movement during the lockdown on producing the valid documents. Essential services, food services, medical services will continue, while weddings will be allowed only with a gathering of 50 persons and funeral related gatherings will be allowed with 20 people. All private medical personnel such as doctors and nursing staff will be exempted on production of valid ID cards. Public Transport such as Delhi Metro and Public Buses upto 50 per cent of seating capacity and Auto , E- rickshaws upto 2 passengers will be allowed to function. Those travelling from or going to the airport, railway stations and bus stands will be allowed to move on displaying a valid ticket, while media personnel will have to display their valid ID cards. There will be no restrictions on movement of essential goods, whether interstate or intrastate. Persons who are going for COVID-19 testing testing or vaccination will be allowed on production of valid I- Card. Religious places can also open but no visitors will be allowed.
Expressing concern over the rising cases of coronavirus in the City, Mr Kejriwal said, health facilities are witnessing shortage of several medical supplies, like beds, oxygen and medicines. He said, the lockdown period will be utilized for creating health infrastructure in the national capital. He thanked the Central government for providing a helping hand in this crisis situation. He urged the people to follow the Covid-19 appropriate behaviour and guidelines to contain the spread of this infectious disease.
Meanwhile, Delhi government has rescheduled summer vacations for all government, government-aided and unaided recognised schools in the National Capital. Summer Vacations will commence from 20th April and will last till 9th June for the current academic session.