Haryana has extended the COVID-19 lockdown by another week till July 5. Terming it ‘Mahamari Alert-Surakshit Haryana’ (Pandemic Alert-Safe Haryana), the state government has listed out the particulars of the lockdown, while stating that relaxations announced in June will continue.
"The Mahamari Alert-Surakshit Haryana is extended for another week from 5 am on June 28 to 5 am on July 5 in the state of Haryana," Chief Secretary Vijai Vardhan said in an order issued under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
The relaxations are subject to adoption of requisite social distancing norms, regular sanitisation and Covid-appropriate behaviour, according to the order.
The order comes after “duly considering that although the state’s Covid positivity rate and new positive cases have declined, the lockdown will continue as a “preventive and precautionary measure”.
The state had re-imposed lockdown from May 3 in view of the prevailing Covid situation. It has now been extended for the eighth time.
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Here is what is allowed
- University campuses will be allowed to open for research scholars and for practical classes in the laboratories, remedial and doubt classes.
- All shops are allowed to open from 9 am to 8 pm. Earlier, market shops were only allowed to operate only on alternative days for nine hours from 9 am to 6 pm in odd and even pattern (shops with odd numbers on odd days and shops with even numbers on even days).
- Malls are allowed to open from 10 am to 8 pm
- Restaurants and bars, including in hotels and malls, are allowed to open from 10 am to 10 pm with 50 percent seating capacity.
- Home delivery from hotels, restaurants and fast food joints is, however, permitted till 10 pm.
- Religious places are also allowed to reopen in Haryana with 21 persons at a time.
- Corporate offices are permitted to open with 50 percent attendance.
- Gatherings in weddings, funerals and cremations is permitted up to 21 persons. Notably, weddings can also be held at places other than homes and courts, but movement of the ‘barat’ is not allowed.
- For gatherings other than weddings, funerals/cremations, the maximum number allowed will be 50. For gatherings more than 50, prior permission from the Deputy Commissioner shall be required, the guidelines stated.
Here is what is not allowed:
- Anganwadi centres and crèches under the Women and Child Development (WCD) Department in the state shall continue to remain closed at least till July 31. Haryana’s WCD Department will release methodology for implementation of various women and child welfare programmes in the state, the order said.
- Swimming pools and spas will continue to remain closed.
Haryana reported 17 more COVID-19 related deaths, which took the cumulative toll to 9,385, while 115 fresh cases pushed the tally to 768,378 as of June 27, according to the health department's daily bulletin. The total recoveries so far are 757,308.For full coverage on the coronavirus pandemic click here