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In the fourth phase of lockdown, the Delhi government has allowed parks and gardens to reopen. With certain rules and conditions in place, people can now leave their homes to breathe in some fresh air and walk through green spaces. Here’s all you need to know about this latest development. By Upasana Singh

 

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According to the latest government guidelines, parks and gardens in the New Delhi Municipal Council area have been allowed to reopen after being shut for two months. More than 14,000 parks, including the ones in residential neighbourhoods, will now open to visitors albeit with certain restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

All the visitors will have to adhere to public health guidelines. People above 65 years of age, children below 10 years of age, and persons with co-morbid conditions will not be permitted entry. Only walking and jogging is allowed while maintaining social distancing. Yoga, open gyms, swings, or any other exercise sessions will remain prohibited. The parks will be open only for three hours — 07:00 am to 10:00 am in the morning and 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the evening.

 

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Places such as the historical Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park, and Talkatora Gardens have been favourite among fitness buffs. On a daily basis, one can notice familiar faces walking and running across the Tomb of Sikandar Lodi or Baba Gumbad in the Lodhi Gardens. Protected by the Archaeological Survey of India, the garden that is spread over 90 acres is a hot spot for morning walks for Delhiites. One can take a step back in history and gaze over the architectural domes and mosque built in the 15th century by the Lodi dynasty, or simply visit the garden’s lake to feed the ducks.

Although the Delhi government has clearly mentioned the rules in its latest order, several people were seen performing activities such as yoga, unaware of the guidelines. In these unprecedented times, it is extremely necessary to follow safety protocols and measures to fight the battle against the novel Coronavirus.

Having said that, after weeks of staying indoors, you can now get back to your healthy routine, wake up early and rush to these parks to energise your body and recharge your mind.

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