New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Delhi government on Saturday closed two weekly markets in Karawal Nagar area, citing the violation of COVID-19 protocol put in place by Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA). In an official order, the government said that it received information that market shopkeepers, vendors and general public in Sonia Vihar (4 ½) Block E Pusta Shani market and in Johripur Shani market road Karawal Nagar were flouting the COVID-19 protocol that could “cause super spreading of Coronavirus”.

“In this spread of the COVID-19 and its new variant OMICRON and where requested to ensure compliance of COVID Appropriate Behaviour (CAB),” the government informed, adding that the rules in place were being repeatedly flouted.

Earlier on December 31, Delhi government had closed down three markets –  Seelampur fruit market, C,D and F block markets, and Nehru Market –  in North East Delhi until further orders for violating COVID-19 norms.  

The closure orders were in connection to new restrictions announced by the Delhi government in the wake of soaring cases of Covid-19- in the national capital.

All malls and commercial markets in Delhi, apart from standalone shops, have to function in an odd-even scheme, according to the government order.

Delhi Metro, restaurants and bars are currently operating at 50 per cent seating capacity, while marriages and funerals have been allowed, but with attendance of 20 persons. 

Social, political, cultural, religious and festival events also have been banned.

Posted By: Mukul Sharma