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The Delhi government has decided to ease the Covid-19 curbs from August 23, giving relief to shop owners ahead of the festive season.

The Delhi government has allowed markets to open as per their normal time. The government has removed the 8 pm deadline as Covid cases decline in the national capital.

"Till now due to Corona, the markets of Delhi were allowed to open till 8 pm. Due to the decreasing number of cases, the deadline is being removed from Monday. Now the markets will be able to open as per their normal time," Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in a tweet.

 

Moreover, the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government has also lifted the time restriction for malls, restaurants, and bars. Even such places can operate beyond 8 pm from August 23.

The restaurants and bars are allowed to operate with 50% seating capacity, according to the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) order.

The Chief Minister's announcement came as Delhi reported 19 new Covid cases in a day-- the lowest single daily spike of COVID-19 infections and zero deaths with a positivity rate of 0.03%. The number of active cases in the national capital now stands at 430.

The national capital was under a Covid-19 induced lockdown from April 19 to May 30, as the country battled a devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) permitted the opening of all markets, market complexes, and malls from 10 am to 8 pm from July 3.

And, the restaurants were allowed to open from 8 am to 10 pm while bars were permitted to serve customers from 12 noon to 10 pm.

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