Himachal caps attendance at social gatherings to 50; 5-day week for workers

Tribune News Service
Shimla, November 28

In a bid to curb the surge in COVID cases, the state government on Saturday restricted the attendance in all social, political, and religious, gatherings to 50.

Despite this, they have switched to five-day work for its employees, across the state.

This decision comes after the meeting chaired by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, here. The meeting was attended by Health Minister, Rajiv Sehzal, Irrigation and Public Health Minister, Mahender Singh, and Urban Development Minister, Suresh Bhardwaj, besides other senior officials.

A modification in the timings of the night curfew in four districts—Shimla, Mandi, Kangra, and, Kulu—has already been made. It is enforced from 9 pm to 6 am, instead of the previous timing from 8 pm to 6 am.

“Henceforth, not more than 50 persons will be allowed at any 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, that the limit of 50 people would be applicable to any function whether indoors or outdoors. Earlier, the limit was 100 for indoor venues, and 200 for outdoors, which would be 50 now.

The Chief Minister said that the positive results of the night curfew were being noticed as the night curfew has avoided night travel.

“The fact, that the window panes are closed during night travel, it in a bus or in private vehicle, becomes the biggest cause for transmission of COVID,” 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.

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