On the directives of Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh, the Home Department on Tuesday allowed all shops including those in malls and multiplexes to close by 5 pm with home delivery upto 9 pm.
Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that the Home Department has issued detailed order today imposing additional restrictions to be strictly imposed throughout the State forthwith till further orders. However, daily night curfew (already enforced from 8 pm to 5 am) shall now be from 6 pm to 5 am on all days prohibiting all the non-essential activities. Week-end curfew from 5 am on Saturday upto 5 am on Monday would be imposed. However, all essential activities would remain exempted. All private offices including service industry have been allowed to work from home only.
Pointing out further, the spokesperson said that the chemist shops and shops dealing with supply of essential goods like milk, dairy products, vegetables, fruits besides manufacturing industry have been exempted from Covid restrictions however subject to adherence of Covid protocols. The movement of employees/labour of manufacturing industry and vehicles carrying them has also been allowed. However, the concerned industry would issue them requisite permission for the purpose.
Likewise, activities including ‘to and fro’ movement of passengers travelling by Air/Train/Buses, construction activities in both the urban and rural areas, agriculture including procurement, horticultural, animal husbandry, veterinary services, e-commerce and movement of all goods, vaccination out-reach camps have also been exempted from the aforesaid restrictions subject to strict adherence of health protocols.
The district authorities would ensure strict implementation of all the extant directives of Ministry of Home Affairs/State Government on Covid appropriate behavior including social distancing norms of 6 feet distance, regulating market places, public transport and imposition of penalties for violation of Covid appropriate behavior like wearing of face masks and spitting in public places, the spokesperson added.