J&K Administration Declares Entire Kashmir Valley, Jammu District 2 Red Zone

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir administration have declared the entire Kashmir valley and the three districts of the Jammu region as a red zone based on the overall assessment of the situation and the expected movement of people stranded on Union territory.

The ranking of the districts was given in an order issued by the Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam on Sunday night.

He had classified four districts of Jammu and Kashmir - Srinagar, Bandipora, Anantnag and Shopian - in the red zone.

The Center has allowed the administration of the States and Territories of the Union (UT) to classify additional districts as red or orange zones. However, states and UTs cannot reduce a district's zone classification.

According to the order issued by the Jammu and Kashmir administration, the entire Kashmir valley, comprising ten districts, has been declared a red zone.

In the Jammu region, three districts of Jammu, Samba and Kathua are in the red zone, he said.

While four districts in the Jammu region - Udhampur, Reasi, Ramban and Rajouri - are in the orange zone, Doda, Kishtwar and Poonch are in the green zone.

The other guidelines issued by the chief secretary were more or less based on the MHA order issued on May 1 for the third phase of closure May 4-17.

According to the guidelines, the government has allowed the movement of people in vehicles only for permitted activities, with a maximum of two passengers, in addition to the driver in four-wheeled vehicles, and without a passenger in the case of two-wheeled vehicles.

“Movement of people within the district is also permitted in the orange zone in individual vehicles with similar passenger restriction in four- and two-wheeled vehicles, based on passes issued by the district authority. Taxi aggregators and taxis can travel with a driver and two passengers only while e-commerce activities (home delivery, etc.) are allowed for essential services and goods, the order said,

Private offices can operate with up to 33 percent force as required, with the rest of the people working from home, the order says.

In green zone districts, all activities that are allowed in the orange zone will be allowed, he said.

Other activities allowed in green areas include the opening of all stores, except those prohibited throughout the territory of the Union.

Activities that will remain prohibited throughout the UT include all national and international passenger air travel, except for medical services, air ambulance, security purposes or for purposes permitted by it.

All schools, colleges, universities, educational and training institutions, etc. They will also be closed at the University of Connecticut until March 17, but online and distance learning will be allowed.

All movement of passengers on trains, except for security reasons or for purposes permitted by the MHA, will remain prohibited, according to the order.

According to the government order, all movie theaters, shopping malls, gyms, sports complexes, swimming probes, parks, theaters, bars, liquor stores, restaurants, auditoriums, function rooms and similar places will remain closed.

Movement of people has been prohibited for all non-essential activities between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

The order says that district magistrates will issue specific prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC. However, people over 65 and those with comorbidities, pregnant women, and children under the age of 10 will stay home, except to meet essential requirements or for health purposes.

Hospitality services other than those used for household health, police, government officials, health workers, stranded persons, and quarantine facilities will remain closed.

All social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious and other gatherings will remain prohibited throughout the UT. All religious places and places of worship will be closed to the public. Religious congregations are strictly prohibited, he said.