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Crowds are back in Manali as lockdown restrictions are lifted. (Photo: PTI)

Gyms, yoga institutes will reopen and banquet halls will be allowed to host marriage events with the number of guests capped at 50 as part of the next round of relaxations of Covid restrictions being offered in the national capital from Monday.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) issued an order late Saturday specifying the course of the unlock. Gym owners had been complaining about mounting losses and people pointing out the impracticality of keeping fitness centres shut despite throwing open malls, markets and public transport.

“Gymnasiums and yoga institutes will be permitted to open up to 50 per cent of the capacity,” the DDMA order said. In the case of banquet halls, marriage halls, hotels, “only marriages shall be allowed with ceiling of 50 persons…” it added.

Prodded by the Supreme Court, which held its vaccine pricing policy “irrational” and raised questions of access and equity, the Centre Saturday told the court that until the end of this year, it expected to get 188 crore vaccine doses – from at least five manufacturers – which would fully inoculate the total 94-crore population above 18.

Saying that 51.6 crore doses would be “made available” by July 31, the Centre, in an affidavit filed by Manohar Agnani, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, presented a roadmap to show how it proposes to procure the balance 135 crore from August to December 31 (see chart) from five manufacturers.

In its affidavit, the Centre said that based on supply estimates, it estimates 51.6 crore cumulative vaccinations by the end of July.


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