Srinagar declared red zone

Revised guidelines on Covid containment put 19 districts in orange zone

Srinagar declared red zone

Roads at Katra in Jammu on Sunday. PTI

Jammu, May 2

The Jammu and Kashmir State Executive Committee on Sunday put Srinagar district in the red category as it issued revised guidelines for effective containment of Covid in the UT.

Srinagarwear a deserted look amid curbs on Sunday. PTI

According to the new guidelines, all educational institutions, public parks and coaching centres would continue to remain closed till May 31, while public transport is allowed to ply with 50 per cent seating capacity and only 50 per cent shops allowed to open in markets and malls, Chief Secretary and Chairperson SEC BVR Subrahmanyam said in an order here.

Srinagar has been the worst affected district of J&K by the Covid pandemic, recording 546 deaths and over 35,000 cases.

Strict curbs

  • Lockdown to end at 7 am on Monday, but Srinagar, Jammu, Budgam and Baramulla will remain under lockdown till Thursday morning
  • Educational institutions and public parks to remain closed till May 31
  • Public transport allowed with 50% capacity and 50% shops allowed in malls

The rest of the 19 districts, including winter capital Jammu, have been placed in the orange zone, the order said, adding that the classification of the districts was meant for the purpose of implementation of permitted activities with the red category district facing more restrictions.

Jammu and Kashmir is presently under lockdown since Thursday evening.

While the restrictions will be lifted in most parts at 7 am on Monday, the four districts of Srinagar, Jammu, Budgam and Baramulla will remain under lockdown till Thursday morning. In another order along with 20-page guidelines, the Chief Secretary said any violation of the guidelines would attract penal action under the Disaster Management Act. — PTI

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