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Punjab extends curfew by two weeks after May 3 in the state

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday introduced extension of curfew within the state by two weeks after Might 3, whereas unveiling steps for restricted lifting of the lockdown restrictions from Thursday within the non-containment and non-red zones with strict adherence to Covid-19 security protocols.

Primarily based on the report of the knowledgeable committee set as much as formulate the state’s exit technique, and the inputs acquired from numerous sections of society, the Chief Minister mentioned it was essential to proceed with the lockdown restrictions for some extra time.

The curfew or lockdown within the state will now stay in pressure in Punjab will Might 17, although restricted easing of restrictions might be in place from Thursday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on daily basis.

The containment and pink zones will, nevertheless, proceed to stay beneath complete and strict lockdown.

In an deal with to the folks of the state, the Chief Minister mentioned the state of affairs might be reviewed after two weeks and additional relaxations might be introduced thereafter if the pandemic stays in management.

As per the restricted aid introduced by the Chief Minister, sure outlets might be allowed to stay open in sure areas by rotation, for 4 hours each morning, with 50 per cent workers energy.

The Deputy Commissioner (DCs) have been directed to work out the rotational schedule for the outlets which are allowed to be opened according to the Chief Minister’s directives, which have come 4 days after the brand new pointers issued by the Ministry of Dwelling Affairs got here into impact.

The curfew will stay in place after 11 a.m., as standard, mentioned the Chief Minister, interesting to folks to be again of their houses by that point, and proceed to take care of social distancing.

All these stepping out throughout the rest interval must put on masks and keep a two metres distance from others, he mentioned, including the aid has been supplied just for the comfort of the folks and shouldn’t be used for interactions with mates, and so on.

“If the situation improves after two weeks, we can take more steps,” mentioned Amarinder Singh.

The restricted relaxations introduced by the Chief Minister from Thursday embody permission for opening of all registered outlets, besides these in multi-brand and single-brand malls, with 50 per cent energy of employees from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

In city areas, all stand-alone outlets, neighbourhood outlets and outlets in residential complexes are allowed to open throughout this era, as per the brand new directives, which make it clear, nevertheless, that institutions dealing in companies like saloons, barber outlets, and so on., would proceed to stay closed.

Additional, e-commerce corporations will proceed to be permitted to deal in important items solely throughout this era.

Expressing his authorities’s keenness to open up the business, the Chief Minister urged all those that may accommodate the employees or had employees staying within the neighborhood to start out opening up with a view to assist revive the state’s battered economic system.

Referring to the big variety of Punjabis stranded in different states because of the lockdown, the Chief Minister mentioned it was his authorities’s obligation to carry them again however they must be quarantined for 21 days.

The state had made preparations for his or her quarantine in all district, he mentioned, including the issue had aggravated in Punjab because of the massive variety of NRIs who got here house, adopted by the attendees of the Nizamuddin occasion.

The state, he mentioned, couldn’t afford to let these coming from outdoors once more let issues spiral uncontrolled. The quarantine for these coming house from different states was important for the safety of the folks, he mentioned.

Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister mentioned the aid introduced was for the good thing about the individuals who had been beneath extreme curfew restrictions for the previous 38 days.

Describing it as a tough time for the folks, who had sacrificed quite a bit for themselves, their households and the state at massive, Amarinder Singh mentioned it had been crucial to regulate the pandemic, which had up to now contaminated 330 folks within the state.

Whereas numerous specialists had been popping out with totally different opinions, there gave the impression to be a sign that the coronavirus disaster may proceed until July-August, and even September, mentioned Amarinder Singh, terming it a long-drawn battle.

Mentioning that no nation had escaped the coronavirus, he noticed the illness had claimed numerous lives the world over, with almost 50,000 folks dying within the US, which had reported 10 lakh instances up to now.

He cited the examples of the UK, Germany and Canada to underscore the necessity for continued warning.

(IANS)

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