Chandigarh closes malls, cinemas, night clubs, pubs, gyms, coaching centres till March 31

UT bans gathering of 100 people or more in view of coronavirus scare

Chandigarh closes malls, cinemas, night clubs, pubs, gyms, coaching centres till March 31

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 16

The Chandigarh administration on Monday ordered the closure of all malls, cinemas, night clubs, pubs, gyms and coaching centres till March 31.

In the wake of coronavirus, the UT administration also banned gatherings of 100 or more people in the city till March 31.

The authorities also decided to delay the door-to-door census for a month. It was to begin on April 1.

UT Adviser Manoj Kumar Parida clarfied that grocery and medicine shops in malls would function as usual.

The administration had already closed down schools and colleges as a preventive measure to check the spread of coronavirus.

Sanitisers and masks have been brought under the purview of Essential Commodities Act till June 30.

In a statement, Chandigarh's Elante mall said, "As per the advisory from the Chandigarh administration to contain the outbreak of COVID-19, Elante Mall will remain shut until further notice."

"However, Big Bazaar and Holland and Barrett (Apollo Pharmacy) which are on the Lower Ground floor shall remain operational to meet customers' staple and medical needs. The restaurants in the courtyard shall be operational and be accessible through Gate No 3," it added.

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