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Thursday, 23 July 2020

Chandigarh defers call on weekend curfew

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 22

The UT Administration has deferred its decision on weekend curfew after the Punjab and Haryana governments did not agree to the proposal.

In view of the sudden increase in Covid-19 cases, the UT was planning to impose a curfew on weekends. UT Adviser Manoj Parida had written to the Chief Secretaries of Punjab and Haryana to give consent to the proposal for a curfew in the tricity during weekends. However, both states turned down the proposal of the Chandigarh Administration.

Hold surprise checks in markets: Badnore

UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore directed KK Yadav, MC Commissioner, and Mandip Singh Brar, Deputy Commissioner, to conduct surprise checks in markets. The Administrator warned that if major violations were found in any market, it could be closed for the safety of residents.

During a review meeting on the Covid-19 pandemic, the weekend curfew proposal was discussed with doctors, officers, traders' associations and political leaders. It was felt that since Mohali and Panchkula had not agreed to a tricity closure on weekends, a fresh view on the issue would be taken next week.

UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore ordered strict implementation of norms pertaining to social distancing and wearing of masks at public places.

He directed KK Yadav, MC Commissioner, and Mandip Singh Brar, Deputy Commissioner, to conduct surprise checks in markets. The Administrator warned that if major violations were found in any market, it could be closed for the safety of residents.

The Administrator directed doctors to carry out stringent screening and testing, particularly during the next 10 days, to detect hidden cases.



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