Weekend, night curfews stay; offices can reopen
Hindustan Times|January 22, 2022
NEW DELHI: Private offices have been allowed to reopen with 50% on-site staff from next week but the weekend and night curfews will continue in the Capital, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority announced on Friday, notwithstanding a request from the city's elected government that sought these curbs to be rolled back on the back of a sustained fall in the number of cases.
Alok KN Mishra

The city recorded 10,756 new cases on Friday, comprising 18.04% positive results of tests carried out in the last 24 hours.

These numbers are a major improvement from the peak of 28,867 cases and 30.64% test positivity rate in this wave logged on January 13 and 14 respectively.

“The grave danger of the coronavirus has subsided in Delhi...Experts had warned that Delhi can record one lakh cases daily during this wave, but that danger has been averted. We will take a call on lifting of more restrictions within three-four days, Delhi's health minister Satyendar Jain said, after announcing that the administration wrote to DDMA seeking relaxation in curbs.

The government asked the agency, which is led by lieutenant governor Anil Baijal and is the authority on Covid-related rules - to withdraw the weekend curfew, lift the odd-even restriction on standalone shops, and allow private offices to call back 50% of their staff.

In an order issued later in the day, DDMA accepted only the last suggestion. “It is clarified that the night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am everyday and the weekend curfew from 10 pm of Friday till 5 am of subsequent Monday shall remain unchanged... the order said.

Private offices, it added, shall be allowed to function with up to 50% attendance with immediate effect although officials will be advised to work-from home as much as possible.

Maharashtra earlier announced it will allow schools to reopen, a decision also taken by Mumbai, from next week. Karnataka on Friday lifted its weekend curfew, while letting one for the night remain, after observing low hospitalisation rates.

In Delhi, orders to close private offices came on January 11, a day after the city shut the last of non-essential activities, such as dining out. Earlier, on December 28, the city ordered schools and gyms to close as cases began to rise.

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