Four people were arrested and several restaurants, night clubs and hotels have been fined and face cases for flouting COVID-19 safety guidelines, police officials said on Sunday following a two-day special drive to crackdown on violators amid rising coronavirus cases in the city.
The drive, in which people were also fined for not wearing face masks and spitting in public areas, was conducted in places with high footfall, including markets, on Friday and Saturday.
Some of the establishments were penalised for serving hookah, police said.
Giving details about the drive in the New Delhi district area, a senior police officer said 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 behaviour.
A total of 17 FIRs were registered against the violators, police said.
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.
Besides them, nine people were fined Rs 2,000 each for not wearing masks in the Khan Market area and three others for the same reason at the Ashoka Hotel in Chanakyapuri, Mr Kumar said.
According to police, in the South East district, 10 FIRs were registered and 330 people fined for not wearing face mask, not maintaining social distancing and spitting in public places.
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, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) RP Meena said.
Municipal corporations and the excise department have been asked to cancel their licenses, he said.
Besides the Epidemic Diseases Act, they have been also booked under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, Meena said.
He said a case has also been registered against Bokan Cafe for not following COVID-19 protocols.
Restaurants in the New Friends Colony sub-division like Brijwasi, Al Nawaz, Al Jawahar, Zehra Al Noor and Al Bake were also fined and booked under the Epidemic Diseases Act, the police said.
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.
Delhi has been seeing a surge in cases over the past few days.
It recorded 4,033 coronavirus cases on Sunday, the highest daily count this year, while the positivity rate rose to 4.64 per cent from 4.48 per cent a day ago.
Twenty-one more people died due to the disease, the highest since January 1, when an equal number of fatalities were reported.
The national capital has seen an increase in cases with 3,594 cases being reported on Friday, the highest daily count this year, 2,790 cases on Thursday, 1,819 cases on Wednesday and 992 cases on Tuesday, according to official data.