With the Delhi Government announcing the opening of restaurants in the national Capital with 50 per cent occupancy, the Delhi Police has pulled up its socks to enforce the order from Monday. Police said that action will be initiated against those found violating the directions issued by Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA). Police teams will be keeping a vigilant eye on the restaurants, hotels and eateries across the city.
With people expected to return to restaurants and pubs, the two agencies, Delhi Police and Delhi Excise Department have prepared themselves to intensify checks at restaurants from Monday.
Police have issued instructions to Market Associations across the city to follow and implement new guidelines. Besides police, the members of market associations will be keeping an eye on the restaurants.
“If restaurants are found violating the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) guidelines, the market association can also inform Delhi Police and a strict action will be initiated against the owner and restaurant,” said Chinmoy Biswal, the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of Delhi Police.
“The police teams will be patrolling continuously in all districts and they will be conducting surpruse checks to ensure restaurants follow guidelines issued by the DDMA. Those violating the rules will be penalised,” said Biswal.
Police said that those found guilty will be booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), 270 (malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and section 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act.
As per DDMA order, the restaurants can now function with 50 per cent occupancy and will open from 10 AM to 8 PM.