Tribune News Service
Shimla, November 28
In a bid to curb the surge in Covid cases, Himachal Pradesh has switched to a five-days-a-week for its employees across the state.
The government on Saturday alsorestricted the attendance in all social, political, and religious gatherings to 50.
The decision came at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur here. The meeting was attended by Health Minister Rajiv Sehgal, Irrigation and Public Health Minister Mahender Singh and Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj.
A modification in the timings of the night curfew in four districts—Shimla, Mandi, Kangra, and Kulu—has already been made. It is being enforced from 9 pm to 6 am instead of the previous timings of 8 pm to 6 am.
“Henceforth, not more than 50 people will be allowed at a social gathering, be it a wedding, political rally or religious congregation as such gatherings have been found to be the biggest cause of Covid spread,” said the Chief Minister.
He said the limit of 50 would be applicable to any function whether indoors or outdoors. Earlier, the limit was 100 for indoor venues, and 200 for outdoors.
The Chief Minister said the positive results of the night curfew were being noticed as it has cut the night travel.
“The fact that the windowpanes are closed during night travel–be it a bus or a private vehicle–becomes the biggest cause of Covid transmission,” he said.
He admitted, that though people at times were facing inconvenience due tonight curfew, but it will continue.
He said, that even though there no shortage of oxygen at any hospital yet its supply would be augmented at all the health institutions.
He added, that the additional staff will be recruited through outsourcing be it in case of nurses, ward boys or other para-medics.
“The bed capacity too will be augmented across the state so that in case of a requirement, covid patients can be accommodated,” he said.
He further said the private health institutions would also be roped in for the purpose.
He said, that even though the government employees (Class III and IV) were being called on alternate days, but it was not very visible.
“As such we have decided, that government employees will come to the office from Monday to Friday while they will work from home on Saturday so as to break the transmission chain on two days during the weekend,” he said.