Lockdown 4.0: Delhi govt orders staggered working hours for industries

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Delhi government on Monday announced a detailed set of restrictions and relaxations including allowing industrial firms in the national capital whose name starts with A to L to function from 7.30 am to 5.30 pm, while those firms with names from M to Z to operate from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm.


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“In order to ensure staggering of work/business hours, industrial establishments shall be permitted to function in staggered business hours. Industrial firms whose registered name starts with M/s A to M/s L may function from 7.30 am to 5.30 pm, whereas firms whose registered name starts with M/s M to M/s Z may function from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm,” read the order issued by Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA).


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Earlier on Monday, stating that the Delhi government has to slowly move towards the ‘opening of the economy’ amid the crisis, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, while addressing a press conference here, said: “We used lockdown period to make arrangements to deal with Covid-19.”


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In view of Lockdown 4.0, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has given powers to States/Union Territories to demarcate areas in Green, Orange, and Red zones, and allow activities in these areas except in containment zones.


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According to the MHA guidelines, “In containment zones, only essential activities shall be allowed.”


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The Delhi government also said that RWAs (Resident Welfare Associations) shall not prevent any person from performing their services and duties which has been permitted under these guidelines. No passes/e-passes for movement for any permitted activities from any authority shall be required.


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The Delhi CM further said that wearing a mask will be mandatory in the national capital, which has reported 10,054 Covid-19 positive cases so far including 160 deaths.



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