Delhi needs more stringent restrictions, says Harsh Vardhan after liquor shops trigger crowds

Delhi needs more stringent restrictions, says Harsh Vardhan after liquor shops trigger crowds

As Delhi relaxed the coronavirus lockdown and opened liquor shops across the national capital, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said more stringent action must be taken by the Kejriwal government.

On a day when the nationwide lockdown entered the third phase and Delhi government opened up some services and shops abiding by the MHA guidelines, Harsh Vardhan has said the capital should follow more stringent rules.

“Delhi is one of the places where considering the current status, more stringent action needs to be taken. I think that minimum relaxations should be given by Delhi government amid coronavirus lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus,” said Harsh Vardhan on Monday.

Delhi has recorded over 4,500 coronavirus cases and has been entirely declared a Red Zone.

MHA, in its order allowed the opening of liquor shops in all three types of coronavirus zones -- Red, Orange and Green Zone from May 4.

The Kejriwal government on Monday opened up liquor shops in Delhi. However, the move triggered large crowds and queues outside the shops. People were seen standing close to each other who refused to follow the social distancing norms as advised by the Centre.

Locals across Delhi queued up outside liquor shops in large numbers since early morning even before the shops could open.