Night curfew imposed, educational institutes closed as Punjab puts restrictions in view of increasing Covid cases

The restrictions have been imposed till January 15

Night curfew imposed, educational institutes closed as Punjab puts restrictions in view of increasing Covid cases

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Tribune Web Desk

Chandigarh, January 4

Amid rising Covid cases, the Punjab government on Tuesday decided to clamp night curfew, shut educational institutes and allow cinema halls to operate with 50 per cent capacity to arrest the spread of the infection, officials said.

Movement of individuals for all non-essential activities will remain prohibited between 10 pm and 5 am within municipal limits of all cities and towns of Punjab, according to an order issued by the home affairs and justice department on Tuesday. The restrictions in poll-bound Punjab will remain in force till January 15.

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All bars, cinemas halls, multiplexes, malls, restaurants, spas, museums, zoos, etc, shall be allowed to operate at 50 per cent of their capacity subject to all staff present being fully vaccinated.

All sports complexes, stadia, swimming pools, gyms shall remain closed (except being used for training of sportspersons for participation in national/international sports events as well as for organising national/international sports events). No spectators or visitors are to be allowed.

AC buses will run at 50 per cent of capacity.

Only fully vaccinated staff will be allowed to attend the government as well as private offices, working spaces, factories, industries, etc.

All educational institutions including schools, colleges, universities, coaching institutions, etc, shall remain closed. However, these institutions are expected to maintain the academic schedule through online teaching.

However, medical and nursing colleges may continue to function normally.

Punjab has been witnessing a rise in the number of infections for the past few days. It has so far recorded 6,05,922 Covid cases and 16,651 deaths.

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