As the Delhi government has shut gyms, malls and other 'non-essential' businesses during the weekend curfew to curb the spread of coronavirus, owners of fitness facilities are foreseeing darks days just like last year. Facilities such gyms were seeing traction late last year after months of dull period due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, but now again they are bearing the brunt of the tough measures announced in view of the fourth wave of COVID-19 in the national capital. "Since last year, our clientele has reduced and now it'll be further affected. It's become difficult for us to pay rent. Like theatres, govt should also let us run," pleaded a gym owner.
Weekend restrictions in the national capital have come into effect from 10 pm of April 16. The new measures were implemented in view of the unprecedented rise in the number of coronavirus cases. During the weekend restrictions, only essential services will be allowed to operate. However, those who face difficulties in movement of essential goods can call newly setup helpline number of Delhi Police, informed PRO (Public Relations Officer) Chinmoy Biswal. "Delhi is under weekend restrictions beginning tonight. A COVID helpline has been started for people facing difficulties in movement for essential goods and services. Helpline set up at Police headquarters with pilot number 01123469900," Biswal told ANI. The national capital recorded nearly 20,000 fresh infections, pushing the active cases to 61,005.
Weekend curfew imposed in Delhi till 5 am on Monday. All non-essential movement of individuals is prohibited during this period. Police personnel are keeping a strict check on movement of vehicles in the national capital. Delhi Police Commissioner has warned violators of strict action. Curfew was announced amid rising COVID cases in the national capital.