Today News Online Service
Chandigarh, May 4
The Punjab Government today allowed the opening of shops selling non-essential items, including agriculture-related products, grocery, hardware items and liquor, till 5 pm on weekdays.
These shops will, however, remain closed during weekend curfew (6 pm on Friday to 5 am on Monday). The instructions were issued by the Home Department following protests by shopkeepers. The amended instructions would remain in force till May 15.
50 MT additional oxygen sought
Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday sought immediate intervention of the PM and the Union Home Minister to ensure uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen to the state, along with additional allocation of 50 MT from a nearby source.
On May 1, the government had ordered that shops selling non-essential items would remain closed till May 15. It also announced that not more than two persons could travel in a car, government offices would work with 50 per cent staff and a
Covid-negative report would be must for entering the state.
Anybody arriving in Punjab by air, rail or road must have a Covid-negative report (not over 72-hour-old) or a vaccination certificate (over two-week-old). The government also banned pillion riding on two-wheelers, except for those belonging to the same family and living in the same house.