As coronavirus cases continued to spike amid fears of the peak hitting the state in the next few weeks, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday announced extension of the night curfew from 9 pm to 5 pm to all cities, along with a slew of other measures to control the spread of the pandemic.
The night-time curfew will now be applicable to all cities, with exemption for industries, said the Chief Minister, while announcing sector-based division of big cities, with a Nodal Officer to be appointed in each for contact tracing to assist the Health teams.
Captain Amarinder also announced weekend (Saturday & Sunday) `Stay at Home’ for avoidance of unnecessary movement and socialising, other than essential services, in Ludhiana, Patiala and Jalandhar for the next fortnight, after which the situation will be reviewed.
In another major decision, it has been decided that every Marriage Palace, Restaurant, Office, where more than 10 people gather, will appoint one Covid Monitor to ensure full compliance of masks, sanitization and social distancing, said the Chief Minister, at his weekly Facebook Live #AskCaptain session. He warned that teams will come and inspect these places, and violators will be penalised.
The directions came amid continuing increase in coronavirus cases, with the last 7 days reporting an average of 1000 a day. The maximum cases last week came from Ludhiana, Patiala, Jalandhar, Amritsar & Mohali.