Cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes can reopen at 50 per cent capacity from Monday, while Delhi Metro has been allowed to run at full capacity, the state administration said on Sunday. However, even with the revised guidelines, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has clarified that only 50 people per coach will be allowed with no standing passengers allowed.
The gathering limit at wedding ceremonies and funerals has also been increased from 50 to 100. Spas can also reopen from Monday but their all employees have to be fully vaccinated or undergo RT-PCR test fortnightly.
The Delhi Metro had resumed services on June 7 after a gap of weeks to curtail the spread of coronavirus in the national capital.
The relaxations in restrictions have come amid a dip in the COVID-19 cases in the national capital. The city on Saturday reported zero death, 66 new infections, and 52 recoveries over 24 hours. The national capital has 587 active cases.
The infection rate, which had reached 36 per cent in the last week of April, has come down to 0.09 per cent now.
Recently, Niti Aayog member VK Paul told the Delhi government to remain watchful as the next three months are important and unlocking activities can lead to an increase in coronavirus cases.
"Unlock activity could lead to an increase in cases, though at present the positivity rate of cases is at its lowest point", Dr Paul said at a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA).
Delhi battled a brutal second wave of the pandemic that claimed a massive number of lives, with the shortage of oxygen at hospitals across the city adding to the distressing situation. On April 20, Delhi had reported 28,395 cases, the highest in the city since the beginning of the pandemic. On April 22, the case positivity rate was 36.2 per cent, the highest so far.
With PTI Inputs