Monday, June 21, 2021

Several states extend lockdown with certain relaxations

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said that lockdown like restrictions have been extended for 15 more days. The strict restrictions which are currently in effect in the state were to end at 7 am of 1st June. However, they have been further extended till June 15, 2021. The chief minister said relaxation will be given by taking into consideration the COVID situation in respective districts. He said the decision on class 12 board exams in the state will be taken soon. He said he will write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Centre on formulating a uniform academic policy for the entire country by taking into account the importance of examinations such as NEET, SET and JEE in the future prospects of the students.

Telangana government has decided to extend the COVID lockdown for ten more days. As a result, the lockdown which is currently imposed till 31st of this month will be extended for ten more days. However, the lockdown relaxation period has been increased up to 1 pm and people will be allowed to reach their homes till 2 pm.

Haryana government has extended the lockdown till 7th of next month with a major relaxation for opening shopping malls from 10 am to 6 pm. The current restrictions are ending at 5 this morning. Addressing a press conference, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal said as per the request made by the shopkeepers, vendors and businessmen regarding the extension of timings, now the shops can be opened from 9 am to 3 pm on odd-even basis.

However, the directions regarding the closure of schools and  ITIs will continue till 15th of next month and Aganwadi and crèches till 30th June, the Chief Minister added.

The Chief Minister said, the shopping malls have to follow the prescribed visitor and time limitations. In the shopping mall one person per area of 25 square metres will be allowed to remain present at one time. Likewise, the number of persons can vary as per the built-up area. The mall owners have to develop a mobile application to keep a check on entry and exit of people visiting the Malls. He further said, the mall owners have been asked to formulate certain regulations for the same and get it approved from the concerned Deputy Commissioners.

He added that directions are given to Industries for continuing  their operations while following the COVID-19 appropriate behavior and guidelines for the functioning of offices with 50 percent staff strength.

As the lockdown measures in the national capital have been extended for one more week till 7th June, the Delhi Government has allowed some activities outside the containment zones from today. As per the District Disaster Management Authority order, Operations of Manufacturing,  Production units within closed premises in approved industrial areas have been allowed from today. Besides, construction  activities within their work sites have also been permitted. Only asymptomatic workers are to be allowed into construction sites and factories.  At work places,  consumption of Gutka, pan, chewing of tobacco and spitting has been prohibited. Workers have to wear masks and abide by social distancing norms all the time.

Provision of thermal screening, hand wash and sanitizer preferably with touch free mechanism will be made at all entry and exit points and common areas.  All District Magistrates shall ensure random RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen Test in sufficient numbers at these manufacturing, production units and construction sites on a regular basis.

Delhi first went under lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on April 19 and  later extended it from time to time.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced that the lockdown that is currently in force across the state till tomorrow, has now been extended till June 8, 2021. In a tweet Mr Kumar said concessions have been given for business activities in the state. Vaccination centres, banks and essential services will remain functional during the lockdown.

This decision was taken at a meeting of the crisis management group which was chaired by the Chief Minister. Mr Kumar said the lockdown has had a positive impact  in the state. Mr Kumar said, the positivity rate has declined  and recovery rate  increased after the lockdown.

As per  revised guidelines all government offices will function every day  till 4 pm with 25 percent attendance. Non-government  offices will remain closed.  According to revised guidelines  ration shops, dairy, vegetables and meat shops will remain open between 6 am and 2pm across the state. All types of shops will open on alternate days in the state. Shops have to  follow covid protocols strictly. Only 20 persons will be allowed in the marriage and funeral procession.  DMs of different districts have been authorised to take additional  steps for  tightening  lockdown in the concerned district.

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