"Time To Reopen Delhi, Ready To Live With Coronavirus": Arvind Kejriwal

Private offices can open but only 33 per cent of the work force will be allowed. These would include IT hardware manufacturing and e-commerce activities for essential goods.

"Time To Reopen Delhi, Ready To Live With Coronavirus": Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi:

Delhi is "ready to lift the lockdown" Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today, announcing a list of services and industries which have been given restricted relief as the countrywide lockdown is set to enter its third phase. "The time has come to re-open Delhi. We will have to be ready to live with coronavirus," declared the Chief Minister at a press conference this evening.

Delhi has so far seen 4,122 cases of coronavirus, of whom 1256 patients have recovered, 64 have died.

Indicating a phased removal of the lockdown, the Chief Minister said Delhi is prepared to ease restrictions "in places other than containment zones". The reason, he said, is that Delhi is "prepared in terms of hospitals and kits".

"We are suggesting to the Union government that all containment zones should remain sealed. Rest they can start terming as green zones. Shops can be opened on an odd-even basis. Even after complete lifting of lockdown, if a few cases increase, we are prepared to handle that as well," Mr Kejriwal told reporters.

Private offices, Mr Kejriwal said, can open but only 33 per cent of the work force will be allowed. Sectors like IT hardware manufacturing, essential goods manufacturing units can continue.

Besides, e-commerce activities for essential goods, IT services and call centres, warehouses and private security services can also continue, he said.

While major market areas like Connaught Place and Khan Market will remain shut, shops there providing essential services can remain open, the Chief Minister said. Stationery shops, standalone and neighbourhood shops and residential lanes shops for both essential and non-essential services can be open.

Also, self-employed people, like technicians, plumbers, electricians and household helps, will be allowed to begin work.

While public transport will stay shut, private vehicles – four-wheelers and two-wheelers – can ply. Four-wheelers can carry two people and a driver and only one person on two wheelers.