Punjab eases coronavirus restrictions; CM announces opening of Cinema halls, gyms

Punjab eases coronavirus restrictions; CM announces opening of Cinema halls, gyms

With the state’s Covid positivity rate coming down to 2 percent, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday announced an easing of coronavirus restrictions, allowing restaurants and other eating joints, as well as cinemas and gyms, to open at 50 percent capacity beginning Wednesday.

He also announced an increase in the gathering of people, including for weddings and cremations, to 50 persons.

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Under the new guidelines, which will remain in effect till June 25 when they will be again reviewed, a daily night curfew will be in place from 8 pm to 5 am, with a weekend curfew from 8.00 pm on Saturday up to 5.00 am on Monday, across the state.

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However, all essential activities, including those covered under existing ‘Exemptions’, will remain unaffected, unhindered, and exempted from curfew restrictions.

Chairing a high-level virtual Covid review meeting, the Chief Minister ordered the opening of all Restaurants (including in hotels), Cafes, Coffee Shops, fast food outlets, Dhabas, etc., Cinemas, Gyms at a maximum of 50 percent of capacity, subject to all their employees have received at least one dose of vaccination. AC buses can also ply with 50% occupation.

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Bars, Pubs, and ‘Ahatas’ shall, however, continue to remain closed. All educational institutions i.e. schools and colleges will also continue to be closed.

District Authorities have been asked to determine opening timings of non-essential shops, including on Sunday, on the basis of the local situation, while ensuring that crowds are avoided.

District Authorities would also continue to ensure strict implementation of all the extant directives of MHA/State Government on Covid appropriate behaviour, including social/physical distancing, wearing of face masks, etc, directed the Chief Minister.

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