New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said Delhi has somehow gained control over the second wave of COVID-19 and the government will now start the process of lifting the lockdown gradually, starting with the resumption of construction activities and reopening of factories for one week from Monday.

"It is time to start the unlock process. It should not be the case that people escape coronavirus but die of hunger... We have to maintain a balance between controlling the spread of coronavirus and allowing economic activities", Kejriwal said.

At a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Friday, it was decided that the lockdown be lifted gradually. In this process, we have to take care of the lowest strata first ... daily wagers, labourers, migrant workers who come to Delhi from far off areas in search of livelihood," he said, adding that "if the cases start rising again, we will have to stop the unlock exercise, he added and appealed to people not to step out unless it is absolutely necessary".

As Delhi starts the unlocking process from Monday, here's what will be opened and what will remain closed in the national capital:

What will be allowed:

Productive units within industrial areas within confines or manufacturing premises

Factories where daily wage workers or labour of the same nature are involved

Construction activities

Home delivery of food from restaurants

Delivery of essential items like medicine, groceries etc.

Banks, ATMs and petrol pumps

Government offices, departments

Outlets of vegetable vendors, pharmacists and milk booths

All inter-state and intra-state travel

Media personnel allowed to move without restrictions

Patients and pregnant women can move for medical purposes

Businesses may open gradually, depending upon the outcome of the initial unlock process

What will remain closed:

Private offices

School, colleges and other educational institutes

Recreational activities like shopping malls, cinemas, pools, gyms and salons

Any social or political gathering

Wedding and funerals may have not more than 20 attendees

Weekly markets

Metro Rail services also remain suspended

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan