Schools and Colleges Closed in Punjab: Amid rising coronavirus cases, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday ordered massive state-wide restrictions, including night curfew, closure of schools and colleges till March 31 and ban on social gatherings and restrictions on cinema and mall capacities.
All schools and colleges in Punjab, other than medical and nursing colleges, will remain closed till March 31, with a restriction of 50 percent capacity in cinema halls and not more than 100 persons in a mall at any time.
He appealed to the people to keep social activity in their houses to the bare minimum for the next 2 weeks to break the transmission chain. Not more than 10 visitors should be entertained in homes, he urged.
In the 11 worst-hit districts, a complete ban has been ordered on all social gatherings in Punjab and related functions, except for funerals, cremations, and weddings, which will be allowed with only 20 persons in attendance.
Night Curfew will be imposed in the districts of Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala, Mohali, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, SBS Nagar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ropar, and Moga.
This will be enforced from Sunday. In these districts, which will remain under night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am, Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered cinemas, multiplexes, restaurants, malls, etc to remain closed on Sundays, though home deliveries will be allowed subject to the night curfew.
Also, starting next week, one hour of silence will be observed across the state every Saturday, from 11 am to 12 noon, in memory of those who lost their lives to Covid-19, with no vehicle to ply at this time.
In the 11 worst affected districts of Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Patiala, Mohali, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, SBS Nagar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Ropar, and Moga, the Chief Minister ordered restrictions on in-person public dealings in government offices, with citizens to be encouraged to visit offices only for essential services.
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