Curbs back as COVID-19 cases rise, Delhi issues ‘yellow alert’


Guwahati:  The Delhi government has released a new order on stricter COVID-19 safety guidelines as cases continue to rise in the national capital amid the Omicron strain threat. The “Level 1” or “Yellow Alert” guidelines say cinema halls will be open on odd-even dates and gyms will be closed, while night curfew remains in force.

The yellow alert is imposed when the COVID-19 positivity rate stays above 0.50 per cent for two consecutive days. The positivity rate in the national capital currently stands at 0.89 per cent, the highest in over 6 months.

In accordance with the ‘Level-1’ alert under the graded response action plan (GRAP), there would also be a night curfew between 10 pm and 5 am. 

Schools, colleges, cinemas, amusement parks, swimming pools and gyms will remain closed, shops dealing in non-essential items will function on an odd-even basis, and metro trains and buses will run with 50 per cent of seating capacity in the city.

Private offices will function with physical attendance of 50 per cent of the staff, barring essential categories.

Marriages and funerals will be allowed attendance of 20 people while all other types of gathering related to social, political, cultural, religious and festival events will be prohibited under the ‘yellow alert’ that came into force with immediate effect.

Shops of non-essential goods and services in markets and malls can open based on an odd-even formula from 10 AM to 8 PM. Restaurants will be permitted with 50 per cent of capacity from 8 am to 10 pm while bars can also operate with the same capacity, but from 12 noon to 10 pm.