The Government of Delhi, in a proposal to the Centre on May 14, asked the Centre to consider the opening of markets, shopping complexes and operation of buses and metro services with strict social distancing norms for the fourth phase of the nationwide lockdown. However, the government added that the shops dealing in non-essential goods in the malls, markets, shopping complexes should be allowed to operate on alternate days, as per sources.
Moreover, the government urged the Centre to allow the resumption of construction works in the national capital and allow the movement of labourers within the city. For buses 20 passenger and for taxis 2 passenger to be allowed to travel while abiding with the strict social distancing norms.
Earlier in the day, Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi said that some economic activities will be allowed to resume functions in the national capital from May 18 based on the Centre’s decisions on relaxations during the lockdown 4.0. Moreover, while addressing an online press briefing, the CM said, many people have suggested that schools, salons, spas, swimming pools, barbershops colleges should remain shut during the upcoming lockdown phase as well. Only limited operation of metro service should be allowed, he added.
Priorly, on May 12, the Delhi CM had sought suggestions from the people of Delhi considering the third phase of the lockdown to end on May 17. However, later in the day, the PM announced the extension of the lockdown.
In the coming two-three days, the government will be announcing the new set of guidelines to be followed during the fourth phase of the lockdown.