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Hotels and weekly markets in Delhi allowed to reopen

Following an approval given by The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), hotels and weekly markets that have been closed since early in the Covid-19 outbreak can now operate and run their businesses.

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Migrant workers coming from other states wait to get a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) for the COVID-19 coronavirus as they arrived at the Anand Vihar bus terminal to board on city buses, in New Delhi on August 18, 2020. - India's official coronavirus death
PRAKASH SINGHAFP

An important decision was made during a meeting headed by Lt Governor Anil Baijal and attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) with the attendees deciding to approve the re-opening of hotels and weekly markets in an attempt to revive the economy in the state. Gyms, however, have not been given the green light to operate yet.

Like all other states, Delhi's economy has faced strong headwinds in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic and the imposition of lockdown.

Markets re-opening will be subject to trial

Hotels, weekly markets, and gyms have been closed in the city since the start of Covid-19 pandemic and imposing the first lockdown back in March. Weekly markets are now allowed to open on a trial basis while authorities will assess the situation and whether it's safe or not if the markets remain operating as they are keen on preventing any further spread of the infection.

Gyms could be allowed to open in the coming days

In addition, although gyms have not been given permission to re-open yet, the LG said a decision regarding that matter may be taken soon and that gyms would likely be allowed to open in the coming days.

Delhi has registered around 155,000 cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, of which 139,000 have recovered, 4,226 have succumbed to the virus and the remainder are still in the process of battling the disease. 

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