Mandatory Masks, No Standing Passengers | Delhi Metro Issues Advisory Following Nod to Run at 100% Capacity
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has announced that no standing passengers will be allowed inside the train until further notice, a day after the Delhi government announced that city buses and metro trains will resume running at full capacity throughout the week in the wake of long lines seen at various bus stops and stations of the mass rapid transit system.
"Public Service Announcement," DMRC tweeted on Wednesday, "in light of the current instructions issued by DDMA, Delhi Metro will be operating at 100% seating capacity and no standing passengers would be permitted until further notice."
The Delhi government has decided to run metros and buses at full capacity to reduce crowding at stations. Commuters, on the other hand, must wear masks and maintain adequate social distance while traveling.
The new laws were enacted after the Delhi administration expressed concern that bus stops and metro stations could become superspreaders as seating space was halved and long lines were observed. "On Saturdays and Sundays, there will be a curfew. People are only allowed to leave the building if it is absolutely essential. The weekend curfew will be in effect from Friday evening until Monday morning, according to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who spoke to the media via video conference on Tuesday.
After the positive rate exceeded 0.5 percent on December 28, the DDMA issued a 'yellow alert,' closing cinemas and gyms. It ordered that stores selling non-essential commodities open on odd-even days and that the seating capacity of metro trains and buses be reduced by half. Delhi has been under a night curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. since December 27.
"To avoid bus stops and metro stations becoming superspreaders as a result of overcrowding, it was agreed to run buses and metro trains at maximum capacity." "However, no one can go without wearing a mask," Sisodia explained. According to sources, the Delhi Metro would follow all of the DDMA's new regulations. The current length of the DMRC network