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Thursday, 30 July 2020

Cases rising, Chandigarh may not lift night curfew in Unlock 3.0

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 29

In view of a sudden increase in the number of Covid cases in the city, the UT Administration may not lift the night curfew in the Unlock 3.0.

In the Unlock 3.0 guidelines, which will come into effect from August 1, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has removed the restrictions on movement of individuals during the night curfew, which was being observed from 10 pm to 5 am.

The UT Administration is also considering an extension in the timings of the night curfew. It may order curfew in the city from 8 pm to 5 am.

However, the Administration might give a relaxation of one hour to hotels, restaurants and other eateries allowing these to operate till 9 pm, said an official.

As per the MHA guidelines, the states and UTs, after assessing the situation, can prohibit certain activities outside the containment zones or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary.

UT Adviser Manoj Parida said the UT would take stricter action than what was mentioned in the MHC guidelines in view of a sudden rise in Covid count. The final decision would be taken by UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore, he added.

Under the new guidelines, the MHA has allowed opening of yoga institutes and gymnasiums from August 5 with standard operating procedure (SOP) fixed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for ensuring social distancing and to contain the spread of Covid-19.

However, schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed till August 31. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will also remain shut.

7 vendors arrested

Chandigarh: Seven fruit and vegetable vendors were arrested for violating social distancing and obstructing public way at Dhanas. The police said the vendors had parked their carts close to each other, violating the social distancing norms. Those arrested have been identified as Rajesh, Ram Bahadur, Gevta Deen Gupta, Ram Sanjeevan, Krishan Kumar, Ram and Sonu. A case under Section 188 of the IPC was registered against them at the Sarangpur police station. They were later released on bail. TNS

from The Tribune

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