Delhi’s color-coded Covid plan approved
Shopping malls, markets, restaurants, pubs and metro services will close in Delhi if the test positivity rate stays above 2% for two days in a row, while partial restrictions such as odd in markets occur when the rate reaches 0.5%, which measures part of the Delhi government’s color-coded response plan to tackle a future spike in Covid cases that was approved on Friday.
While schools, colleges and coaching institutes are currently already closed, even if they are allowed to open in the near future, a yellow warning will close all of these educational institutions again.
The plan includes separate packages of measures based on positivity rate, active cases, and hospital admissions and classifies them into yellow, yellow, orange, and red alerts. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) approved the plan in a meeting attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, and other senior public health officials and experts.
According to the plan, as the number of alerts increases, more sectors will come under restrictions. While red is the highest level of alert, most economic and social activity and public transportation will itself come to a standstill with the announcement of an orange warning.
Authorities will issue a nightly curfew in the event of a yellow alert, a weekend curfew if the alert level goes up to orange, while there is a total ban on public movement with a full curfew if the alert goes up to red .
In the case of people entering Delhi from other states, proof of full vaccination must be provided or a negative RT-PCR report no older than three days if the city is on red alert and the Incoming travelers come from states with a positivity rate of over 5%.
Those coming from states where a new strain of Covid has been found will also need to provide vaccinations or negative RT-PCR reports.
Yellow: This warning disappears if the positivity rate stays above 0.5% for two consecutive days, or if accumulated new positive cases (for a period of one week) touch 1,500 cases, or if the average hospital oxygen bed occupancy is 500 for a week.
Limitations: Shops in markets and shopping centers that offer non-essential goods and services are allowed to open between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. according to the odd-even formula, while one weekly market is allowed per community zone with half the seller’s capacity. Restaurants will be 50 percent full between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., while bars will also open 50 percent between 12 p.m. and 10 p.m. Cinemas, banquet halls, auditoriums, spas, gyms and amusement parks will remain closed. The Delhi metro and buses are allowed to be used up to 50 percent. Delhi government offices will 100% call Level I officials, while private companies will be allowed to call 50% staff between 9am and 5pm.
Fully allowed: Public parks, gardens, construction and industrial companies, e-commerce, hairdressing salons, salons, beauty salons.
Amber: The city will move into the next phase of restrictions if the test positive rate stays above 1% for two consecutive days, or 3,500 new cases in a week, or the average oxygen bed occupancy stays above 700 over the course of a week.
Limitations: Other than the restrictions listed under yellow, restaurants and bars will be closed, but home and takeaway deliveries are allowed. The opening times of shops in markets and shopping centers are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Public parks and gardens will be closed, as will barber shops, salons and beauty salons. Subway trains are permitted with a capacity of 33 percent, while buses must adhere to the 50 percent upper limit.
Fully allowed: Construction activities and production units are allowed. There are also no restrictions for e-commerce.
Orange: Stricter restrictions under the orange alert take effect when the test positive remains above 2% for two days. It will also sound if the city records 9,000 cases over a week or the average occupancy of hospital oxygen beds stays at 1,000 for seven consecutive days.
Limitations: The Delhi Metro, shopping malls and markets will be closed, with the exception of shops selling essential goods such as groceries, milk stalls and pharmacies. Buses may only be operated with a seating capacity of 50% if passengers are involved in essential activities. Orange Alert will also bring construction activities to a standstill. Only locations that offer accommodation for workers are permitted. Only those who produce vital raw materials will be allowed into factories if workers can live on site. E-commerce is only allowed in the case of essential items such as medicines or health equipment. Government offices in Delhi are allowed to open, but private offices, other than those falling under the exempted categories, will be closed.
Red: If the test positive rate exceeds 5% for two consecutive days or the city has 16,000 news cases in a week. It also occurs when the average occupancy of oxygen beds in hospitals is 3,000 or more for a week.
Limitations: The city itself will be locked in the event of the orange alarm. The additional restriction mainly affects public passenger and vehicle traffic as a full curfew is announced.
Weddings and funeral ceremonies: 20 people each are admitted with a yellow and yellow warning message. With the orange and red warning messages, 15 people are allowed to participate in the ceremonies.
Some other sectors such as sports complexes, stadiums (other than national / international sporting events), social / entertainment / religious / political / festival-related gatherings, hotels and lodges, gyms and yoga institutes, amusement parks will be alerted to the sounding of a yellow alert itself.