Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday, in line with the Central Government’s guidelines for Unlock 1, ordered a formulation of SOPs and guidelines for the opening up of hotels /hospitality services, shopping malls, places of worship, and restaurants for in-dinning, from June 8. He also announced an immediate opening up of shops, including liquor and barber shops, beauty parlours, Spas, etc, from Monday in the non-containment zones.
The Chief Minister has directed the Health and Transport Departments to come out with SOPs for permitted activities and movement in this phase of the lockdown, beginning June 1 till June 30, for the areas outside containment zones.
In containment zones, only essential activities shall be allowed and such zones will be demarcated by the District authorities after taking into consideration the guidelines of the Union Health Ministry. The district authorities would also identify the buffer zones outside containment zones wherein restrictions may be put in place.
The movement of individuals for all the non-essential activities shall remain prohibited between 9.00 pm to 5.00 am, as per the Centre’s revised guidelines on Night Curfew. The district authorities have been directed to issue prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC and ensure strict compliance.
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Shops in the main bazaars will be open between 7 am and 7 pm, and the liquor vends can remain open from 8 am to 8 pm effective from June 1. The DCs have been authorised to exercise their discretion in staggering the timings to avoid crowding, in main bazaars, market complexes, and rehri markets.