Delhi: Community centres back in business; banquet halls wait | Delhi News

Delhi: Community centres back in business; banquet halls wait | Delhi News

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NEW DELHI: With Covid-19 situation under control in Delhi, people have started booking community halls for social functions in Unlock-3. North Delhi Municipal Corporation has seen 65 bookings, while East Delhi Municipal Corporation has approved requests for 34 social gatherings at its community centres. South Delhi Municipal Corporation has received 30 applications so far.
Most of these bookings are for marriages in upcoming months, while the rest for condolence meetings and religious functions, an official said. A senior north corporation official said that a maximum of 50 people can be allowed and both Delhi Police and the district magistrate’s office need to be informed about the gathering. “We have also issued standard directions on ensuring social distancing, masks and sanitisation at entry points. Monitoring will be carried out to ensure no violations take place,” the official added.
The report from the community service department of the civic body shows that maximum bookings have been done from Civil Lines zone (31) followed by Keshavpuram (15) and Karol Bagh (10) zones. About 46% of these bookings are for marriages, while 35% for religious events. Similarly in east Delhi, out of 34 bookings, 22 are for marriages and 10 for condolence meetings.
Private banquet halls, meanwhile, rue that there are still too many hurdles in their pathway. The strict cap on the number of guests and confusion around the matter has led to fewer bookings, they claim, adding that many people are waiting for Unlock-4 norms to be out.
Rahul Mathur from Heritage Garden Banquet near Daryaganj said that Delhiites are still not clear about the guidelines. “For 50 people too, permission needs to be taken from the administration. Enquiries are coming, but people want us to book hall for 200-250 people. They say marriages cannot be done with just 50 people. Hopefully, the number of people allowed at social gatherings will increase in the final unlockdown,” he added.
“We have got a few bookings for 50 people. Space between counters serving food has been increased and staff will serve food to avoid guests touching the utensils,” Mathur said.
Shubham Agarwal of Clouds Banquet Hall near Prem Nagar said that they were yet to start the facility and hence, incurring huge losses. “Enquiries are there, but the government should release and publicise detailed guidelines,” he added.
At La Fortuna banquet, Rajinder Bhayana said that unless government issues clear guidelines, the confusion would prevail. “As of now, bookings are taking place only with the condition that the money will be refunded if the function does not happen,” he added.



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