Punjab: CM Amarinder Singh orders fresh curbs to check Covid surge, educational institutions shut till March 31

Last Updated: Friday, 19 March 2021 (16:54 IST)
Chandigarh: Clamping down heavily on the fresh Covid surge, Chief Minister on Friday ordered massive state-wide restrictions beginning tomorrow, with closure of till March 31 and restrictions on cinema/capacities.

All educational institutions, other than medical and nursing colleges, will remain closed till March 31, with restriction of 50 per cent capacity in cinema halls and not more than 100 persons in a mall at any time. He appealed to the people to keep social activity in their houses to the bare minimum for the next two weeks to break the transmission chain. Not more than 10 visitors should be entertained in homes, he urged.
In the 11 worst-hit districts, a complete ban has been ordered on all social gatherings and related functions, except for funerals/cremations/ weddings, which will be allowed with only 20 persons in attendance. This will be enforced from Sunday. In these districts, which will remain under night curfew from 2100 hrs to 0500 hrs, the Chief Minister has ordered cinemas, multiplexes, restaurants, malls etc to remain closed on Sundays, though home deliveries will be allowed subject to night curfew. Industries and essential services shall be allowed to function, but barring these, all restrictions shall be strictly enforced, the Chief Minister directed the top civic and police officials in these districts.
Also, starting next week, one hour of silence will be observed across the state every Saturday, from 1100 hrs to 1200 noon, in memory of those who lost their lives to Covid, with no vehicle to ply at this time. Capt Amarinder asked the district administration to involve the general public, along with market committees, Sarpanches etc, in this initiative, which will, however, remain voluntary for them. (UNI)