Photo: Hindustan Times
Photo: Hindustan Times

Delhi govt bars gatherings of more than 50; gyms, clubs, spas shut till 31 March

  • Arvind Kejriwal said the ban on more than 50 people collecting will also apply to protests in the national capital
  • Kejriwal said the government will take a call on closing malls in a day or two

NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government on Monday decided to ban gathering of more than 50 people at a place as part of its efforts to combat the rapidly-spreading coronavirus. The diktat covers all social, political, cultural, religious and family events. The disease has struck seven people so far.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the ban on more than 50 people collecting will also apply to protests in the national capital. The state government has also asked gyms, nightclubs and spas to shut till 31 March.

“Gyms, nightclubs, spas will also be shut 31 March. Other gatherings that involve more than 50 people – social, political, cultural, religious and family will not be allowed. Weddings have been excluded from this but we appeal to people to postpone them if possible," Kejriwal said while addressing a press conference.

Municipal corporation commissioners have been asked to set up mobile wash basins so that people can wash their hands more frequently. Hand sanitizers will be put at entry and exit points of buildings.

The government has already closed schools, anganwadis, colleges, swimming pools and cinema halls in the national capital. Kejriwal said the government will take a call on closing malls in a day or two. The government has also started free disinfection for cabs and autos in bus stations.

“I appeal to people that the government is taking steps on their part but we need the support of the public to make this successful. There are countries in which it has now spread out of control. We need to stop shaking hands with people. We have got more than 500 beds ready. The people who have been in contact with infected persons, we are trying to quarantine them. We urge people to enforce this strictly," Kejriwal said.

With complaints over its quarantine facilities, the government has booked three hotels for people to stay there in case they are unhappy with the facility. Kejriwal said the government is tying up with hotels including Lemon Tree and Ibis where they can pay for the facility.

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