Coronavirus: Malls to be shut in Delhi, says Kejriwal1 min read . Updated: 20 Mar 2020, 04:30 PM IST
- Grocery stores, pharmacies, and vegetable shops in the malls will remain open
- All non-essential public dealing activities will also be stopped till 31 March
NEW DELHI: Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday announced that all malls in the national capital will be shut with immediate effect following the number of cases of Covid-19 in the national capital touching 16.
Grocery stores, pharmacies, and vegetable shops in the malls, however, will remain open.
"In view of the prevailing situation, we are closing down all Malls (except grocery, pharmacy and vegetable shops in them)," Kejriwal said in a post on Twitter.
Through the week, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government has announced a series of steps to contain the spread of the disease. It has shut down restaurants till 31 March and has also disallowed gathering of more than 20 people in a place.
After a meeting with heads of departments and secretaries, Kejriwal said all non-essential public dealing activities will also be stopped till 31 March. He said the steps were being taken as the number cases in Delhi has risen in the last 24 hours.
"We have contained it so far. There has been no community spread but we need to keep it like that. We need to take necessary precaution. Only essential public dealing activities will continue. All non-essential staff are being directed to work from home. All permanent and contractual employees will be paid for this period," Kejriwal said while addressing the meeting.
He said officials will have to work from home and be available, if needed for work. The government said that salaries will be paid as per terms of employment.