Workers clean and sanitize a gym and equipment, in New Delhi on Tuesday (ANI Photo)
NEW DELHI: Gyms and yoga institutes will continue to remain shut in Delhi even as these are permitted in many other parts of the country from August 5 under Unlock 3.0 guidelines issued by the central government. Delhi’s over 5,500 gyms and hundreds of yoga institutes are closed for more than four months leaving many owners in deep financial distress.
Meanwhile, no decision has been taken on opening hotels and weekly markets yet. While the Aam Aadmi Party government has been favouring their opening, LG Anil Baijal is opposed to the idea.
At least four DMs confirmed to TOI that in the absence of any order from Delhi Disaster Management Authority permitting gyms and yoga institutes to open from August 5, the July 31 DDMA order will continue to be implemented.
“Action will be taken against the gym and yoga institute owners violating the status quo,” said a senior official. Directions were issued to the DMs on Tuesday evening to strictly maintain the status quo.
A final decision on opening the gyms, yoga institutes, hotels and weekly markets may be taken in the next DDMA meeting, which is likely to be held this week itself.
A senior government official said that gyms and yoga institutes would not be opening from August 5 in Delhi. “Status quo will be maintained in the capital,” the official added.
The Unlock 3.0 order issued by Delhi government on July 31 had asked all the authorities concerned to maintain status quo, except for the lifting of night curfew and allowing hawkers and street vendors.
Earlier on July 30, Delhi government had decided to allow hotels and weekly markets to open from August 1. The proposal was sent to the LG who overturned the decision to open hotels and weekly markets saying that the Covid-19 situation has improved in Delhi, but it continues to be fragile.
The proposal did not include the opening of gyms and yoga institutes because the standard operating procedure by the ministry of health and family welfare for the gyms and yoga institutes’ functioning was awaited.
Sources said that the LG office has not received any proposal from the AAP government for opening of gyms and yoga institutes. There was no response from the state government on when it proposes gyms and yoga institutes located in the capital to be allowed to open.
After the LG rejected the elected government’s decisions to open hotels and weekly markets, deputy CM Manish Sisodia had reached out to union home minister Amit Shah asking him to direct the LG to approve its plans to open hotels and weekly markets because they were critical for employment generation and boosting the economy. In the letter, Sisodia had stated that the government will resend the proposal to the LG on Tuesday. The LG office had not received the proposal till late Tuesday evening. The AAP government did not clarify whether the proposal was re-sent or not.