With the steady rise in COVID cases, Maharashtra and Delhi had already enforced curbs and curfews to minimize the spread of the virus. But with the second wave of COVID proving to be deadlier, quick to spread, and more resilient than the first, the Delhi government has now imposed a complete curfew from tonight to the morning of April 26. The steep rise in cases has severely strained the city’s resources and health infrastructure. Therefore, the government is allowing only essential services and government offices to remain open. All private offices and commercial shops have been closed or directed to work from home.

Restaurants, malls, and other services and entertainment centres will also be closed to keep overcrowding at public places in check. While dine-in services will be closed, takeaways and home deliveries will be allowed in restaurants. They say weddings might not be affected during the curfew, but those travelling to the airport or the railway station will be given curfew passes to move around in the city.

On April 6, Delhi enforced a strict night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am, after the city recorded its highest single-day surge since the start of the pandemic, with over 17,000 fresh cases in 24 hours. The night curfew is supposed to last till April 30, which means residents cannot leave their homes at night unless it’s for an emergency.

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