Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has directed the state police to ensure strict compliance with coronavirus safety protocols, including social distancing and wearing of masks. The Chief Minister has warned that the next 25-30 days would be extremely crucial for containing the spread of the coronavirus in view of the sudden opening up of the economy, as well as office and commercial activity, after a 55-day curfew.
Meanwhile, he has directed the Punjab Police to continue with their hard work and commitment to maintaining the high levels of adherence to restrictions that had helped the state keep the spread of the coronavirus under check. “We cannot let all the benefits of all the work done by you in the past 55 days, and sacrifices made by the people of Punjab, go waste due to any complacency on our part now," the Chief Minister said.
Chief Minister had last week announced the lifting of the curfew with effect from May 18, but the continuation of lockdown in the state till May 31. In line with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the state government has also allowed a set of relaxations in the non-containment zones, with local buses plying on roads, in a phased manner.
Acting on the directives of the Chief Minister, Punjab DGP Dinkar Gupta has asked all the CPs and SSPs across the state to register FIRs and impound the vehicles, or issue challans, in case of any violation of the lockdown restrictions. “We should send a strong message to enforce the various restrictions stringently,” the DGP said.
The Chief Minister has also ordered strict enforcement of the night curfew, which bars people from moving out, except for medical or essential needs, between 7 pm and 7 am. The relaxations have been provided to the people for their ease and convenience as they had suffered immense hardships during the curfew, said Captain Amarinder. Also, he made it clear that no deviation from protocols and restrictions would be tolerated.