Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, May 30
Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday announced a four-week extension in the lockdown till June 30 with more relaxations, subject to guidelines of the Union Government.
Though experts have advised against the opening of the hospitality industry and malls, the CM said the state would take into account the Centre’s guidelines for lockdown 5.0. The CM announced his decision after an on-ground assessment of the Covid situation through a videoconference with health experts and Cabinet ministers Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Balbir Singh Sidhu and Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa.
Later, Capt Amarinder, during his weekly Facebook live session, said the threat of Covid was not over yet and if necessary, he would continue to take tough measures to save lives of Punjabis. He said 36,820 people had been fined for not wearing masks and 4,032 for spitting in public between May 17 and 28. As many as 6,061 persons had been fined for not wearing masks in the last 24 hours, he said, adding that 503 FIRs had been registered in this period for violation of rules.
Making it clear that the extension of the lockdown in Punjab would be conditional to strict adherence to Covid safety protocols, including physical distancing and wearing of masks, the CM also ordered distribution of free masks to the poor. He directed Ashu to ensure immediate steps for the distribution of masks as part of ration kits to the needy and poor.
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