Punjab CM extends coronavirus restrictions, orders graded relaxations in state

By Rajan Nath - June 07, 2021 4:06 pm

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday ordered an extension of coronavirus restrictions in the state to June 15 with certain relaxations, including the opening of shops till 6 pm and private offices to function at 50 percent strength.

Meanwhile, the night curfew in Punjab will remain in force from 7 pm to 6 am on weekdays, including Saturdays, but regular weekend curfew will continue on Sundays, the Chief Minister said while announcing coronavirus restrictions in Punjab.

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With case positivity declining to 3.2 percent and active cases also coming down, the Chief Minister allowed gatherings of up to 20 people, including weddings and cremations. Entry restrictions (negative Covid test/vaccination) for arrivals in the state have also been done away with.

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Recruitment exams will be allowed to be held subject to adherence to social distancing and other Covid appropriate norms, though the Chief Minister said online mode should be preferred.

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Sports training for national and international events has also been permitted and the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs has been asked to issue the necessary instructions and guidelines, which shall have to be strictly adhered to.

Reviewing the Covid situation in Punjab, the Chief Minister said district administration may determine the opening of non-essential shops, including on weekends, on the basis of the local situation, while ensuring that crowding leading to spread of Covid are avoided.

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