Delhi’s Latest Unlock: What’s Allowed, What Isn't

Delhi Metro can now operate at 100 percent capacity.

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As Delhi witnesses a lowering number of COVID-19 cases, the curbs in the national capital have been further eased, with effect from 5 am on Monday, 26 July.

Here's what's allowed, and what's not.

Will the metro run?

Yes, the Delhi Metro has been allowed to function with 100 percent seating capacity from Monday. Standing passengers, however, will not be allowed in the metro trains.

What about buses?

Intra-state bus service has also been allowed with 100 percent seating capacity. However, passengers should board the bus from the rear door and exit from the front door. No passenger will be allowed to stand.

Will school, college, and other educational institutions open?

No, all educational institutions will continue to remain shut for students. However, teachers can be called to schools.

Can I attend weddings and funerals?

Yes, the gathering cap at weddings and funerals has been raised from the previously allowed 50 people to 100.

What about other gatherings?

No social, sports, entertainment, political, cultural, and religious gatherings will be permitted.

Will cinemas halls open?

Cinema halls, theatres, and multiplexes are allowed to open in Delhi with 50 percent seating capacity.

Auditoriums and assembly halls, too, can open, but with 50 percent seating capacity.

Will restaurants remain open?

Restaurants will be allowed to operate at 50% percent of their seating capacity. They can remain open between 8 am and 10 pm. Bars, on the other hand, can open from 12 noon to 10 pm.

What about malls and markets?

Neighbourhood shops, markets and malls can open between 10 am and 8 pm.

Under the new guidelines, spas have also been permitted to open but with strict adherence to COVID protocol.

Delhi observed 66 fresh cases and a positivity rate of 0.09% on Friday, 23 July.

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