Covid-19: Except for six pockets, UT lifts entire Chandigarh's containment tag

CHANDIGARH: As the city continues in it, the Chandigarh administration decided on Saturday that the curfew in the city will be lifted at midnight on May 3. In addition, the closing period will extend for two weeks, that is, until May 17.

The UT has also removed the city-wide containment zone tag restricted to just six pockets, from which a large number of positive cases were reported. The UT has converted these six pockets from the affected pockets to containment zones.

The decision was made at a meeting chaired by the Governor of Punjab, UT administrator, attended by the UT adviser and other senior officials from the UT administration.

By announcing a series of relaxations in the city, the UT administration has allowed the movement of vehicles and the opening of markets in the sector, between 7 am and 7 pm, but in an odd way.

Giving an example, UT adviser Manoj Parida said that on Monday starting May 4, only stores that end with even numbers like 2, 4, 6, etc. and similarly the vehicles that bear the registration number. whose last digit is 2, 4, 6, etc. it will be allowed. The rotation will continue accordingly, he said.

However, essential stores like groceries, vegetables, medicines, etc. they can remain open every day, Parida clarified.

Observing the income from liquor sales, the UT administration has also allowed the opening of liquor stores in the sector's markets.

Government and private offices to operate with 33% of staff

According to MHA guidelines, which was also followed by the UT administration, all private offices can operate with up to 33 percent force as required, with the rest of the people working from home. All government offices may operate with senior officers at the undersecretary and senior level in full force, and up to a third of the remaining staff. Commercial and private establishments allowed in the red zones include print and electronic media, IT and IT services, data and call centers, cold storage and warehousing services, private security and facility management services, and worker-provided services independent, except barbers. .

Key decisions in UT

1. The blocking period will last for two weeks, that is, until May 17.

2. The curfew in the city will be raised at midnight on May 3.

3. The containment area in the city will be restricted to pockets identified and notified by the Administration.

4. The sector markets will remain open from 07.00 a.m. at 07.00 p.m.

5. The use of vehicles will be allowed between 07.00 AM and 07.00 PM without passes, according to the protocol.

6. The odd-even formula will apply to both store opening and vehicle use. Ex: On Monday from May 4, only stores that end with even numbers, such as 2, 4, 6, etc. whose last digit is 2, 4, 6, etc. it will be allowed.

7. Essential stores like groceries, vegetables, medicines, etc. they can remain open every day.

8. The restaurant/eating places will remain closed.

9. Delivery of cooked food by online agencies will not be allowed.

10. Apni Mandis will remain closed.

11. The distribution of fruits and vegetables on government buses will continue.

12. Large shopping centers and complexes such as Sector 17 Market or those located on the sector's dividing highways will remain closed.

13. The Sampark Centers will remain open.

14. All government offices will operate according to the standards allowed by the Government of India.

15. Industries will open according to MHA instructions in Red Zone

School, universities and hotels will remain closed.

According to MHA instructions, opening places like shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, salons, spa centers, gyms, schools, colleges, training centers, swimming pools, sports complexes, religious and social gatherings, and interstate buses for the Public transportation (except as permitted by MHA) will continue to be prohibited. In addition, the use of cycle rickshaw, automatic rickshaws, taxis will be prohibited.

Three people in a car; One on scooter/motorcycle

Four-wheeled vehicles will have a maximum of two passengers in addition to the vehicle driver; for two wheels, the passenger is not allowed

The use of masks in public places is still mandatory.

Although the UT administration has lifted the curfew, the use of masks in public places will remain mandatory. Violators will be punished accordingly.