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NEW DELHI: The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Friday issued orders permitting hotels to operate in the capital, except for containment zones. DDMA also directed that weekly markets will be allowed to function on a trial basis for a week starting from Monday. Standard operating procedures (SOP) on preventive measures have also been issued for the operations of both hotels and weekly markets
In a meeting of DDMA chaired by Delhi LG Anil Baijal on Wednesday, approval was given for the opening of hotels and weekly markets, even though gyms were not allowed to reopen.
On Friday, hotels were permitted to operate throughout Delhi in all areas, except containment zones, subject to strict compliance of SOP issued by the union ministry of health and family welfare. In the order signed by chief secretary, Delhi Vijay Dev, all district magistrates and district deputy commissioners of police have been asked to implement the order and take strict penal action against offenders who are found not wearing a face mask, not maintaining social distancing norms, spitting in public places etc.
One weekly market per day per zone in areas under all three municipal corporations of Delhi, New Delhi Municipal Council and Delhi Cantonment Board have been allowed to function on a trial basis for a week. The trial period for weekly markets would be between August 24 and 30 in all areas from 4 pm to 10 pm, except containment zones.
Since weekly markets get frequented by a large number of people for shopping and food, strict SOP on preventive measures have been issued. These include generic preventive measures like high-risk groups – senior citizens, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years – being advised to stay home. At the markets rules such as wearing face masks, physical distancing of six feet as far as feasible, use of hand santizers wherever feasible, no spitting etc. have to be followed.
Each vendor of a weekly market shall be allowed to use 6X4 feet area, there can’t be more than two persons per stall and no joining of stalls will be allowed. Vendors have to wear face masks and keep hand sanitisers ready for buyers, marking for social distancing has to be made and more than two buyers wouldn’t be allowed at a stall at any point of time.
Apart from generic precautions, hotels would also have to ensure thermal screening and sanitiser dispensers at entrance and only those with face masks would be allowed. Number of people using elevators will be restricted and escalators will be used with one person on alternate steps.

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