Evening curfew lifted in 4 Himachal districts, teaching courses allowed

Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 5

With a considerable improvement in the Covid situation in the state, the Himachal Cabinet on Tuesday lifted night curfew in the four districts of Shimla, Mandi, Kullu and Kangra from Wednesday.

The decision was taken by the Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, after a presentation was made by the Health department. The Cabinet deliberated upon the improving Covid situation where the number of positive cases on an average was hovering between 100 and 200.

The Cabinet also decided to allow coaching classes with 50 per cent capacity all over the state. There was a demand from students and parents that coaching be allowed as was being done in other states. The Health department will prepare the SOPs for holding coaching classes.  

“In September-October-November, there had been a spike in positive cases and fatality because for which the night curfew was imposed along with several other restrictions,” said Suresh Bhardwaj, Urban Development Minister. He said it has been decided to lift night curfew and shortly operationalise the three makeshift Covid hospitals at Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla; Tanda Medical College, Kangra and Community Health Centre, Nalagrah.

The Cabinet also gave relaxation in training of staff for election duty due to less time. All other restrictions of a maximum of 50 persons on social gatherings will continue.

It has also been decided to return to six days working days in all government offices. In buses, social distancing norms will have to be adhered to.

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