Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered massive restrictions nationwide starting Saturday, amid a surge in Punjab coronavirus cases, including closing all educational institutions by the end of the months and limiting the capacity of cinemas. and shopping centers.
The prime minister also called on people on Friday to minimize social activities in their homes for the next two weeks to break the chain of transmission. No more than 10 visitors should be entertained in the houses, he urged.
“All educational institutions, except the medical and nursing schools, will remain closed until March 31,” an official statement said. There will be a 50 percent capacity restriction on cinemas and no more than 100 people in a mall at any one time. A total ban on all social gatherings and related events has been ordered in the 11 worst affected districts, except funerals / cremations / weddings, which are allowed with only 20 people present.
This will apply from Sunday. In these neighborhoods, they remain under a 9:00 p.m. night curfew. At 5:00 a.m., the Prime Minister has ordered cinemas, multiplexes, restaurants, shopping malls, etc. stay closed on Sundays. However, home deliveries are allowed subject to night curfew. Essential industries and services can operate, but other than that, all restrictions are strictly enforced, the chief minister said.
Also, starting next week, every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. at noon, there will be an hour of silence across the state to remember those who lost their lives to COVID-19 and did not have a vehicle available at the time. The situation will be reviewed after two weeks, the prime minister said and chaired a meeting of the COVID working group with senior officials. As of Thursday, the infection rate in Punjab was 2,05,418, while the total death toll was 6,204, according to a medical bulletin.