With fewer cases of Coronavirus being reported and the positivity rate down to 0.5%, Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the Unlock 2.0 on June 5 2021. Delhi government had allowed construction and industrial activities to resume last week on May 31 2021.
On June 6 Delhi reported 381 new cases which was the lowest tally since March 15 with the positivity rate dipping to 0.5 per cent.
According to the guidelines of the recent unlock, shops and shopping malls are allowed to reopen on odd-even basis, which means half of the shops will open on one day and the other half on the next day. They will be allowed to operate from 10 AM to 8 PM.
“For so many days we were sitting idle. We didn’t even earn a penny. By opening this market, I hope we will be able to run our families,” said Raju, a Delhi-based shopkeeper.
CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted on 7th June 2021 asking people to keep following the Covid-19 protocols.
“We have kept masks, sanitiser and we don’t let anyone sit beside us in the car,” the shopkeeper added.
Delhi Metro also resumed operations at 50% seating capacity. No standing passengers were allowed inside the metro rail and in order to ensure social distancing.
“There is relaxation but let’s see how many people actually follow the Covid-19 protocols. The guideline says upto 50% capacity, but will people follow it is the main thing to look for,” said Abhishek Saha, a Delhi metro passenger.
Shops selling essential items and pharmacies will remain open all days of the week.
Private offices began to function with 50% capacity from 9am- 5pm. Companies have been asked to opt for staggered shifts to minimise crowding. While the offices of the Delhi government, autonomous bodies, and PSUs opened the office with 100 per cent attendance for Grade-1 officers and 50 per cent for other Grade officers.
Home Deliveries by e-commerce platforms will continue.
However, theatres, bars, gyms, spas, salons, beauty parlours have not been permitted to operate until further notice.