Gatherings of more than 100 people will be allowed if the organizers take permission from the District Commissioner. However, the night curfew will continue as usual between 11pm and 5am and there will be a ban on mass gatherings, public meetings and sit-ins. These guidelines will remain in effect till February 15 at 5 am.
In January this year, the state government closed amusement parks and exhibition halls and advised offices to operate at 50% capacity.
Corporate leaders welcomed the decision to open offices, saying it would help bring back normalcy. Those at the helm of the software industry have decided to adopt a wait-and-see policy. “We started calling our employees last year. But when the city started increasing by more than 100 cases per day, we decided to stop it again. Even now, we don’t plan to open it until the cases drop below 100 a day. We will continue to operate with minimal staffing in the office until the situation improves. While working from home doesn’t affect productivity, it certainly has some impact on the quality of social life,” said Manas Fuloria, CEO of Nagaro.
The government has been gradually easing restrictions since last month. It last week extended mall and market hours till 7 pm and allowed multiplexes and single-screen theaters to operate at 50% capacity.