Night curfew, weekend lockdown to proceed in Punjab

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 31

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh mentioned on Monday that his authorities would proceed to implement restrictions on motion within the city areas of the state—a improvement that got here days after Punjab’s circumstances breached 50,000 circumstances.

Punjab authorities mentioned in its press launch that weekend lockdowns would proceed in all 167 municipal areas of the state till the top of September, as would evening curfews from 7 pm to five am. This determination to proceed evening curfews proceed regardless of the central authorities’s determination to raise its personal orders.  

“The decision has been taken in due consultation with the Centre, as required by the Unlock 4.0 guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India,” an official spokesperson mentioned.

The central authorities mentioned in its Unlock four tips on Sunday that any choices on additional lockdowns and restrictions on motion must be take taken solely after consulting it.

All social, political, spiritual gatherings, protests and demonstrations will proceed to be banned below part 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

This can also be in contrast to to the central authorities’s personal tips, which allowed such gatherings from September 21. Social occasions like weddings and funerals can have a restriction on the variety of attendees—30 for the primary and 20 for the second.     

There shall be full curfew on motion over weekends within the 167 municipal limits. Only important actions shall be permitted in the course of the evening curfew hours.  

“Movement of students and others in connection with examinations, admission or entrance tests conducted by Universities, Boards, Public Service Commissions and other institutions has been excluded from the restrictions. Captain Amarinder has directed district authorities to facilitate the movement of such persons,” the official spokesperson mentioned.

Places of worship can keep open on all days till 6.30 pm, as can eating places and liquor retailers.

These restrictions is not going to apply to accommodations.

“Captain Amarinder has directed district authorities to strictly comply with these guidelines,” the spokesperson mentioned. “He has asked the police to ensure strict action against the organisers and main participants in case of any violation of orders u/S 144 of Cr.P.C.”

There shall be no restriction on important providers and actions, neither will there be any on motion of individuals and items on nationwide and state highways.

“Inter-state and intra state movement of persons and unloading of cargo and travel of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and aeroplanes will be permitted during the restrictive conditions,” the spokesperson mentioned


These important providers embody these associated to well being, agricultural and associated actions, dairying and fishery  actions, banks, ATMs, inventory markets, insurance coverage corporations, on-line educating, public utilities, public transport, trade in multiple-shifts, building trade, places of work each non-public and authorities, the spokesperson mentioned.

Malls and promoting non important items can function till 6:30 pm on weekdays, however solely important actions shall be allowed throughout weekends.

Shops dealing in necessities might stay open till 6.30 pm on weekends.

Existing restrictions on variety of passengers in automobiles will continue—three individuals, together with the motive force, in a 4 wheeler, and buses and public transports can solely carry half their seating capability.  

Staff energy for presidency and personal places of work can’t be greater than 50 per cent.

“The Heads of Offices would restrict public visitors in Government offices and encourage use of on-line Punjab grievance redressal system (PGRS) and other on-line tools so as to minimise person to person contact in offices, according to the directives issued on the Chief Minister’s orders,” the spokesperson mentioned.



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