Addl curbs imposed to check Covid spread

Shops to be closed by 5 pm, night curfew from 6 pm to 5 am on all days

Addl curbs imposed to check Covid spread

The police stop a car during the 6 pm-5 am curfew in Patiala on Tuesday. photo: Rajesh Sachar

Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 27

Imposing additional restrictions to the existing curbs announced by the authorities concerned to contain the Covid spread in Patiala, District Magistrate Kumar Amit has ordered the closure of all shops, including those in malls and multiplexes, by 5 pm every day with home delivery allowed up to 9 pm.

Activities exempted

Chemist stores and shops dealing in the supply of essential goods such as milk, dairy products, vegetables and fruits. In the manufacturing industry, the movement of employees/labour and vehicles carrying them is allowed. However, the industry concerned shall issue them requisite permission for the purpose.

Similarly, the timings of night curfew have been revised from the existing 8 pm to 5 am to 6 pm to 5 am on all days, prohibiting all non-essential activities. The weekend curfew now has been extended from Saturday 5 am to Monday 5 am, barring all essential activities. All private offices, including service industry, are allowed to ‘work from home’ only.

“However, the following activities shall be exempted from Covid restrictions subject to the observance of Covid-appropriate behaviour by all concerned: Chemist stores and shops dealing in the supply of essential goods such as milk, dairy products, vegetables, fruits etc. In the manufacturing industry, the movement of employees/labour and vehicles carrying them is allowed. However, the industry concerned shall issue them requisite permission for the purpose.

“The to-and-fro movement of passengers travelling via air, trains, buses etc; construction activities in both urban and rural areas; agricultural activities, including procurement; animal husbandry, veterinary services, e-commerce and the movement of all goods and vaccination outreach camps would continue while adhering to athe Covid precautions and protocols,” read the orders.

Besides, all directives of the MHA/state government, including keeping social distance of a minimum of 6 feet (do gaj ki doori), regulating crowds in markets and public transport and wearing of masks and prohibition of spitting in public places are to be strictly observed. Any violation of these guidelines shall be punishable under sections 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 1860.

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