Delhi hotels get the green flag; Gyms still under lockdown.

Arvind Kejriwal

Ever since the lockdown started, hotels took a massive hit as all of tourism dropped drastically. However, Wednesday came with good tidings for those working in the Hospitality sector, after what has been four and a half months of unemployment. The Delhi State Disaster Management Authority on Wednesday gave a nod to reopen hotels across Delhi.

That came with good news to weekly markets as well as they too got a green signal to reopen on a trial basis. Gymnasiums, on the other hand, were not so lucky this time around in the nation’s capital.

The Delhi Government is led by Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal had advocated the reopening of hotels, gyms and weekly markets in Delhi since the beginning of Unlock 3.0 in the country.

The decision to reopen hotels is said to impact roughly about 4 lakh people who are employed in the Hospitality sector. The senior government officials said that the trial period for the reopening weekly markets is most likely to be anywhere between one week to 10 days.

Arvind Kejriwal had sent the request to Lieutenant Governor Anil Bajaj who heads the SDMA, citing a decline in the number of Covid-19 cases in Delhi. However, the LG had indicated that relaxations such as allowing local weekly markets and gymnasiums would lead to a resurgence in the number of cases and therefore, rejected Kejriwal’s request. Government officials said that a major concern expressed by the LG was the number of fresh cases in Delhi continues to witness on a daily basis.

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