The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Sunday announced that restaurants and bars in the city will be allowed to operate at 50 per cent seating capacity from Monday onwards since the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has shown a decline in the national capital.

Apart from restaurants and bars, the reopening of public parks and gardens has also been allowed by the DDMA in the next phase of unlocking the city.

The DDMA directed District Magistrates, Delhi Police and other government agencies to ensure that Covid appropriate behaviour, which includes wearing of masks, maintaining social distancing, sanitization at public places, business places, markets, are regularly monitored, said a public notice that was issued on Sunday.

A notice issued by Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev said, “Concerned authorities will be responsible for ensuring Covid appropriate behaviour in markets, restaurants and bars, public parks and gardens and residents within their respective areas. It should be ensured that people who visit these places strictly follow Covid rules and are wearing marks and maintaining social distancing without fail.”

It further stated that market trade associations, Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs) will also be responsible to ensure that Covid guidelines are being followed in markets, malls, public parks and gardens, residential colonies etc.

“The Covid-19 situation in the National Capital Territory (NCT) has again been reviewed and it has been observed that the number of Covid-19 patients and the daily positivity rate has declined considerably and the overall situation has improved. But caution and care has to be maintained for consolidating the whole process of Covid-19 management,” the notification further stated.

Delhi has continued the phase-wise unlocking for the last four consecutive weeks after having witnessed over the one-and-a-half month of strict lockdown due to the unprecedented surge in Covid cases during April-May.

(With IANS inputs)