No lockdown in Chandigarh! In line with the Punjab government, the Chandigarh administration has announced stricter restrictions including the closure of shops to contain the spread of coronavirus in the city.
The Chandigarh administration observed that a total lockdown for long period will adversely affect the economy and may also lead to the migration of labourers from the city, thereby causing massive disruption.
Here are some steps taken by the Chandigarh administration:
- The night curfew will continue from 06:00 PM to 05:00 AM every day.
- There will be day time restrictions from 5 pm on May 4 till 5 am on May 11. During these 07 days period, the following restrictions will be imposed:-(a) All shops selling non-essential items will remain closed in Chandigarh.
(b) All government offices and banks will work with 50% capacity. As far as possible, all private offices will ensure that their staff work from home.
(c) Public Transport will run with 50% capacity.
(d) The ban on Cinema Halls, Gyms, Spa, Bar, Swimming Pool, Coaching Centres will continue.
(e) Sports Complexes will remain closed. Special permission can be given by Secretary (Sports) to athletes preparing for the Olympics etc.
(f) Restaurants including hotels, Café, Coffee Shops, Eating Places will be allowed to function only for takeaway. No seating arrangements will be allowed inside their premises. Home delivery can be done up to 09:00 PM.
(g) There shall be a complete ban on all social, cultural, sports, and political gatherings.
(h) Recruitment exams will be postponed excepting those like UPSC etc., especially permitted by Chandigarh Administration.
(i) While there will be no restriction on inter-state movement, yet those entering Chandigarh without negative covid reports or vaccine certificates will be subject to random testing.
(j) All Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and Health-related facilities like testing laboratories, etc. will function normally.
(k) Visitors entering government offices may be required to produce vaccination certificates or negative covid reports.
(l) The gathering for the occasions like marriages will be restricted to 50 and for cremation/funeral, it will be 20 persons.
(m) Crowded places like Sukhna Lake, Museums, Libraries, Rock Garden, etc. will remain closed.
(n) School, Colleges, Coaching Centres will remain closed. However, teaching staff will be required to come as per detailed instructions to be issued by Education Department.
(o) While the movement of vehicles has been allowed during the daytime, the residents are requested to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel.
(p) The shops selling essential items like milk, bread, vegetables, fruits, dairy products, eggs, meat, a mobile repair will remain open.
(q) It is clarified that the total weekend curfew on Saturday and Sunday will continue.
It is pertinent to mention that there will be no lockdown in Chandigarh.
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