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Delhi Metro Resumes; Restaurants and gyms reopen in Mumbai: states begin to unblock themselves | India News


NEW DELHI: Several states and Union territories have begun easing restrictions amid a continued decline in Covid cases in the country.
India reported 1,00,636 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, the lowest in 61 days, and 2,427 deaths. The weekly positivity rate has also dropped to 6.21 percent.

The number of active cases has also dropped to 14.01.609, representing 4.85 percent of total infections, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate has improved to 93.94 percent.
Here’s how some states have started to unlock:
The Delhi Metro resumed its services on Monday after a four-week hiatus in view of the improving Covid-19 situation in the national capital, albeit with 50% seating capacity and no provision for standing trips for travelers.
Stores in markets and shopping malls reopened in Delhi on Monday, and other economic activities such as property registration, offices also resumed after nearly a month and a half.
Although stores, including independent and liquor stores, reopened in the city, cinemas, theaters, restaurants (except for delivery and take-out), bars, gyms, spas, hair salons, salons, beauty salons and weekly markets will remain closed until new orders are placed. . Meanwhile, vehicles dragged along many stretches of roads as traffic volumes increased following the easing of restrictions.
Restaurants, gyms, lounges, public land and other commercial establishments reopened after nearly two months on Monday in Mumbai, which is at level 3 of the Maharashtra government’s five-tier ‘unlocking plan’.

The buses of Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST), the transportation wing of the city’s civic body, could carry passengers with 100% seating capacity, although local trains were restricted for those working in medical and essential services.
BMC also called on citizens not to lower their guard and follow all precautions to control the spread of Covid-19.
Tamil Nadu:
Relaxation of closure restrictions came into effect in Tamil Nadu with the reopening of shops, including independent outlets dealing with supply and vegetables after a two-week interval, while road traffic saw a sharp increase .
Government offices, including Sub-Registry offices, resumed work with 30 percent employees, local markets were full of people buying basic goods, while workers such as electricians were also returning to work here.
Although public and private buses continued off the roads, railways began operating additional suburban ‘special worker trains’ here in view of the easing of curbs. Self-service and taxi services made a comeback, albeit with relatively poor patronage.
The Punjab government allowed stores to open until 6 p.m. while taking a gradual approach to reopening. The nightly curfew will now remain in effect from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weekdays, including Saturdays, but the weekend curfew will continue on Sundays.
Sports training has also been allowed for national and international events and the Department of Sports and Youth has been requested to issue the necessary instructions and guidelines, which must be strictly followed.

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