Delhi market traders relieved as weekend curfew and even-odd system lifted

As the Delhi government has lifted the weekend curfew and the odd system for shops in the markets, traders in the nation’s capital are hoping to get their businesses back on track. With the weekend curfew lifted, shops remained open in Delhi’s markets on Saturday. Traders are relieved by the government’s decision.

Vijay Bajaj, a trader from Lajpat Nagar market said, “It is a big relaxation and the decision is in favor of the traders. We faced huge losses during the last lockdown. Despite the lockdown, we have to give staff salary, electricity bill without opening the store. It has been very difficult to run our business. Most of the sales are on weekends. “We are now a little relieved after the curfew has been lifted of the weekend. It’s the first weekend since the restrictions were lifted. We hope for the best that we will do good business this weekend. I think people are not so afraid of COVID now and I hope the rush will be there in the market. In addition, people must have a purchasing capacity. People’s economic condition must improve and then only the charm of the market will return,” Bajaj told ANI.

Another trader at Lajpat Nagar market, Ashok, said the lifting of the weekend curfew is good news for traders as the whole week’s business is usually covered over the weekend. He also said traders were quite skeptical about footfall as many people may not have been aware markets were now open on weekends. “It’s a wedding season. Customers will come. The government’s decision is very good for all of us. Last month was very difficult. During odd-even restrictions, there was a lot of confusion among customers. This has created difficulties,” Rakesh Kumar Chabbra, a trader from Lajpat Nagar market, told ANI.

Another store owner, Sarthak Arora, said, “Our business has been affected a lot because of this. Now that the odd-even and weekend curfew has been lifted. Customer flow and sales will slowly increase. I think things will slowly improve now. Amid a continued decline in COVID-19 cases in the nation’s capital, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has decided to ease several COVID-related restrictions, including the weekend curfew. However, the night curfew will continue in the city from now on.

The decision was taken during a DDMA meeting chaired by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to consider the COVID-19 situation in Delhi on Thursday. According to the order passed by the DDMA, there will be no “weekend curfew” on the movement of people in the Delhi NCT.

However, the night curfew of 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. daily for people on the move in the Delhi NCT will remain in force in the territory of the Delhi NCT, until further notice. In markets, market complexes, shopping malls, all shops and establishments dealing in non-essential goods and services should be allowed to open between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. without odd-even restrictions.

Delhi recorded a drop in its daily COVID case count as it reported 4,044 new infections with an 8.60% positivity rate on Friday. According to the Delhi government health bulletin, the nation’s capital had 29,152 active COVID cases as of Friday. (ANI)

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