Delhi unlock: Cinema halls, multiplexes to reopen with 100 per cent capacity; Covid-19 cap relaxed on marriage, funerals

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KEY STORY

  • As daily COVID-19 cases remain below 50 in Delhi, the Department Of Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Friday allowed cinema halls, theatres, multiplexes to reopen in the national capital with 100 per cent seating capacity from November 1.
  • As part of the unlock process in view of the downward trend of coronavirus infections in the national capital, the DDMA allowed marriage/wedding ceremonies, funeral and last rites-related gatherings with a ceiling of up to 200 people from November 1.
  • The Chhath Puja celebrations will be allowed at designated sites in Delhi except for the Yamuna river bank, the DDMA said in its order.
  • The DDMA categorically stated that owners of cinema halls, theatres and multiplexes should strictly follow all the standard operating protocols (SOP) in regards to the COVID pandemic.
  • The authorised weekly markets in Delhi have also been allowed to reopen from November 1.
  • “In case any violation is found, strict penal, criminal action shall be taken against the owner of the restaurant, bar, cinemas, theatres and multiplexes,” said the order.
  • All classes in schools have been permitted to resume from November 1.

CONCLUSION

  • Meanwhile, the high court registry announced that the Delhi High Court and the district courts will resume complete physical hearings from November 22.
  • “The Hon’ble Full Court has been pleased to order that the existing mechanism of hearings in this Court shall continue till November 18, 2021. There shall be a complete resumption of physical courts w.e.f. November 22, 2021. The Courts shall, however, permit hybrid/video conferencing hearing where a request to such effect is made by any of the parties and/order their counsel,” said the official order.
  • Delhi recorded 37 new COVID-19 cases, taking the overall caseload to 14,39,788. Fortunately, there were no deaths and the fatality count remained unchanged at 25,091. Forty-eight patients were discharged in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate was recorded at 0.06 per cent.

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