Today News Online Service
Chandigarh, April 17
Normal life in the union territory came to a grinding halt on Saturday after the Chandigarh Administration clamped a weekend lockdown in the city.
The city on Friday had recorded 481 Covid cases, the highest single-day increase.
The administration has imposed the weekend lockdown to restrict the avoidable movement and gathering of people in order to break the transmission chain of the virus.
The lockdown came into force from 10 pm on Friday and will continue till 5 am on Monday.
The administration has issued e-passes to the exempted categories who need to go out during the lockdown for essential services and activities like grocery, fruit and vegetables, vaccination, etc.
All private offices are closed. However, only industries manufacturing essential products like masks, sanitizers and medicines are open.
Essential commodity shops and vendors dealing with food, groceries, fruit and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment are open for home delivery only.
There are no curbs on inter-state and intra-state movement of essential and non-essential goods and all vehicles or persons in bona fide transit (inter-state/intra-state) will be allowed to pass, but only after due verification.
The restaurants, hotels, food joints/courts in various malls are open only for home delivery up to 9.30 pm. The restaurants and home delivery staff are allowed to move on the production of the identity card.
Any breach of the order will invite action.