After almost 5 months, gyms and yoga centres have been allowed to reopen in Delhi from Monday. The gyms and yoga institutes in the national capital have been closed since March in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a late-night order, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) stated that gymnasiums and yoga institutes will be allowed to reopen in the city, except in the containment zones.
Also, the Delhi government has permitted weekly markets to resume its operation on a trial basis till September 30 under ‘Unlock-4’. Delhi government led by Aam Aadmi Party and the Lieutenant Government officials have recently been sparring over the decision to reopen gyms and weekly markets in the national capital.
Last month, the Delhi government had sent a proposal to Lt Governor Anil Baijal twice but it was rejected.
Under Unlock 4, Delhi has allowed the metro services to resume operation. Likewise, the restaurants, bars, hotels and clubs were also permitted to open with strict regulations to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Delhi reports spike in COVID-19 cases
The decision allowing the reopening of gyms and yoga centres comes at a time when the coronavirus cases in the national capital are rising at a rapid pace. On Sunday, Delhi reported over 4,000 new cases of coronavirus in a single day for the 5th consecutive day.
Delhi reported 4,235 new cases, the tally of coronavirus cases in the national capital increased to 2.18 lakh on Sunday, while 29 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours taking the death toll to 4,744.
The national capital recorded its highest single-day jump of 4,321 fresh COVID-19 cases on Saturday while on Friday it reported 4,266 new cases, 4,308 on Thursday and 4,039 on Wednesday.
Earlier this month, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that there has been a spike in cases as corona testing has been increased. During a virtual press conference, Arvind Kejriwal said that “I want to assure you that the COVID-19 situation in Delhi is completely under control, there is no need to panic but there is no room for complacency. COVID-19 cases are rising in Delhi as we’ve increased testing.”