As the cases of corona virus infection come down, today the Kejriwal government has provided a big relief to the people of Delhi. Wearing of masks will no longer be mandatory for people traveling in private four wheelers in Delhi. In the order issued by the Delhi government on Saturday, it has been said that this new rule will be applicable from Monday.
In a relief to people traveling together in private vehicles in Delhi, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) said in an order on Saturday that no fine will be imposed for those caught without masks. In the DDMA meeting on Friday, the penalty for not wearing face masks in public places was reduced from Rs 2,000 to Rs 500.
The order said, “… DDMA, after examining all relevant facts relating to the issue of penal provisions for non-compliance of the COVID protocol of wearing masks in public places, not wearing face masks/covers in all public places.” Penalty under this provision of the said notification shall not be applicable to persons traveling together in private four wheelers with effect from 28.02.
After the meeting of the DDMA, the Delhi government has lifted all the Kovid restrictions on Friday. Night curfew has been lifted and all schools in the capital have been asked to resume regular activities from April. The fine for not wearing a mask in public places has also been reduced from Rs 2,000 to Rs 500.
Restrictions have been eased as the pandemic situation improves in Delhi with 440 cases reported on Saturday. Now the positivity rate has come down to 0.83%.
However, certain restrictions, including allowing more than one weekly market in a municipal corporation area, are still in place. The 200-person limit at weddings and restrictions on the entry of visitors to religious places have not been lifted.
Significantly, on February 2, the Delhi High Court had directed the DDMA to look into several orders issued by it with regard to the COVID-19 protocol.