DDMA bans Christmas and New Years celebration in Delhi | Photo credit: PTI
New Delhi: A day after the Delhi government announced that Christmas and New Year celebrations would be banned in Delhi in light of the growing number of Omicron cases, a plea was filed in the Delhi High Court to challenge the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) order imposing a complete ban. on religious gatherings in UT. The petitioner asked why the DDMA banned religious gatherings when it allowed bars, restaurants and auditoriums to operate at 50% of their capacity.
The PIL has requested an emergency hearing and is expected to be seized by the Delhi High Court on Friday. The DDMA on Wednesday called on district magistrates to ensure that no religious gatherings are held in the nation’s capital on Christmas and New Years in light of the Omicron cases in Delhi.
On Thursday, however, the DDMA clarified that all religious places in Delhi will remain open over Christmas and New Years in strict compliance with appropriate COVID-19 behavior.
Religious places remain open for prayers: DDMA clarifies
“This is to specify that all religious places, temples, mosques, churches, gurudwara, etc. behavior, ”said the DDMA order.
The decision to impose restrictions was taken in light of the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi. As previously reported, the nation’s capital recorded 125 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday – the highest since June 22, when it recorded 134 cases of coronavirus.
According to the Union Ministry of Health, 64 cases of Omicron have been detected in Delhi so far. To date, 23 Omicron patients in Delhi have been discharged from hospitals. Officials say the majority of omicron cases in the nation’s capital involve people who are fully vaccinated and have shown mild symptoms.