New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday announced further relaxations in the lockdown restrictions in the national capital as a part of the Delhi government's Unlock process, which started last week with the resumption of factories and construction activities.

As per the new orders, the Delhi government decided to allow Delhi Metro services to resume operations from Monday, June 7. However, the authorities capped the maximum capacity of the metro trains to 50 per cent.

This came after reports suggesting a resumption of Delhi Metro services from Monday as it was expected that the city government will announce further relaxations in curbs owing to the continuous decline in COVID-19 cases and positivity rate in the national capital. 

The city recorded 523 fresh COVID-19 cases and 50 fatalities on Friday, while the positivity rate stood at 0.68 per cent, according to Delhi government data.

The DMRC will resume metro services with strict adherence to COVID-19 norms including social distancing, compulsory wearing of masks and other important guidelines issued by the government. In order to maintain social distancing, the seating arrangement of passengers leaving a seat in the coach will remain the same as before. Also, there will be a thermal screening of passengers before entering the metro station.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government also allowed the shopping malls and markets in Delhi to resume functioning from Monday, June 7. As per the order by the Delhi government, markets and shopping malls can reopen on an odd-even basis. The standalone shops, however, will be allowed to open daily.

The announcement came amid the demands for the reopening of shops and markets in a regulated manner by the traders and people in the city. Brijesh Goyal, chairman of Chamber of Trade and Industry (CTI), as quoted by news agency PTI, said "since there has been a significant decline in Covid cases in Delhi as well, the traders of the city have now appealed to the government and the Lieutenant Governor to open the market".

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan