Restaurants, bars in Delhi booked for not following COVID guidelines

They also have been booked under Section 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, he said.
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Restaurants and bars in Delhi has been fined for not following COVID guidelines including no social distancing, serving hookah and more shared police officials on Sunday.

Delhi police conducted a two-day special drive to crackdown on those violating COVID-19 safety guidelines. People were fined for not wearing face masks and spitting in public areas, was conducted in places with high footfall, including markets, on Friday and Saturday.

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“FIRs were registered against the owners of Jain Chawal Wala at Connaught Place, Informal Restaurant at Janpath, Classic Chicken Restaurant at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Marg and Choice Chicken Corner Kalina at Gole Market for not observing COVID-appropriate behavior,” shared an official.

The cases were registered under Indian Penal Code 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) and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Vikas Kumar said.

They also have been booked under Section 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, he said.

Several night clubs, including the M House Club and Bar and Roar Night Club at Eros Hotel in Nehru Place, were fined for not maintaining social distancing and serving hookahs, said R P Meena, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East), Delhi.

The commissioner has also asked Municipal corporations and the excise department to cancel their licenses. Besides the Epidemic Diseases Act, they have been also booked under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, he added.

He said a case has also been registered against Boken Cafe for not following COVID-19 protocols.

Also, Brijwasi, Al Nawaz, Al Jawahar, Zehra Al Noor and Al Bake in New Friends Colony sub-division were also fined and booked under the Epidemic Diseases Act, added the officials.

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In separate data shared by police, on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday, 173 people and establishments were fined. Out of these, 13 were banquet halls owners, 58 restuarant owners and three night club owners, they said.