Unlock 1 From Today as Rising Numbers Worries Centre

Malls, restaurants and religious places to open from today in almost all states across India. India’s Coronavirus cases keep on rising steadily as the country’s Covid-19 tally crosses 2.5 lakh cases and 7,000 deaths.

Lockdown will be further eased from today and many places will open doors to people after almost two and a half months of lockdown. Restaurants, Malls and Religious places in states barring some like Maharashtra and Goa will open from today. They have to adhere to social distancing measures and every public place has to be sanitised and cleaned. Only asymptomatic people after thermal screening will be allowed to enter public places.

The places of worship open after almost two and a half months due to the nationwide lockdown in place to curb the spread of Coronavirus. Special provisions have been laid before people visiting these centres. No physical offerings like Prasad, flowers or sprinkling of water is allowed inside the premises. Touching statues is also prohibited. Monuments with religious centres will also open from Today.

In malls, only 50% seating capacity is allowed in food court and minimum number of people should enter a shop at a time. Thermal screening of everyone has to be done and only asymptomatic patients will be allowed inside the mall. Restaurants will open as well with sanitizers, thermal screening and face masks being made mandatory. Takeaway is encouraged more and installation of Aarogya Setu app is mandatory.

Delhi on Sunday announced that they will be opening malls, restaurants and religious places as well, but hotels and banquet halls will remain closed as they might be needed for conversion to Covid-19 facilities as the cases keep on rising. Floor has been marked at religious places and hand sanitizers have been installed after every few metres. The entry to religious places will be in a batch of 15-20.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced that the hospitals run by Delhi government and private hospitals will now be available for only Delhi patients. According to the state government, opening of all hospitals to people from all across the country will cause a rapid influx of patients which will result in the shortage of beds. However, the hospitals run by Central government and hospitals providing special surgeries and treatment will be open for all.

India’s Covid-19 count crossed 2.5lakh mark on Sunday with Maharashtrabeing the worst affected state with maximum number of cases. India has reported over 7,000 deaths from the virus.

By: Aarushi Batra

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