Himachal to suspend public transport from May 10, shops to open only for three hours

New restrictions imposed to break the chain of transmission, says Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur

Himachal to suspend public transport from May 10, shops to open only for three hours

Relatives mourn the death of a COVID-19 patient in Shimla on Saturday. Tribune file photo

Tribune News Service
Shimla, May 8

The Himachal Pradesh's government has decided to suspend all public transport and allow essential commodity shops to open for only three hours from May 10 onwards---new restrictions that come on a day when the state recorded 5,424 new COVID-19 infections.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur hopes the new restrictions will help break the chain of transmission.

“Keeping in view the sharp surge in the number of covid cases and related deaths in the State, the State Government has decided to impose few more strict restrictions under corona curfew from May 10, 6 am onwards,” he said after a high-level meeting he presided over on Saturday.

It was decided in the meeting that all the shops in the state, except those dealing with daily needs and essential commodities would remain closed. The daily needs and essential commodities shops would, however, remain open only for three hours a day. Their timings would be decided by deputy commissioners.

It was also decided that all the public transport would remain suspended until further orders and private vehicles would only be allowed in case of emergency services.

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