Punjab govt imposes curbs amid festival season till October 31 | Chandigarh News


CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government on Friday imposed fresh restrictions amid to manage Covid-19. Now only those who are fully vaccinated or Covid recovered or with a negative RT-PCR report of the last 72 hours shall be allowed entry Punjab. For those who have none, rapid antigen test shall be mandatory.
The government has also restricted gatherings to 400 people indoors and 600 people outdoors, subject to an upper limit of 50% of the capacity. Artists or musicians shall be allowed at such functions with due Covid protocols. The organisers shall ensure that staff present there is either fully vaccinated or have had at least one dose of vaccine not more than four weeks ago. These norms are must at all crowded gatherings, including political rallies and meetings.
All bars, cinema halls, restaurants, spas, swimming pools, coaching centres, gyms, malls, museums and zoos shall be allowed to operate at 2/3rd of their capacity subject to all staff present being either fully vaccinated or having had at least one dose of vaccine over four weeks ago. All users of swimming and gym facilities shall be persons over 18 years who have taken at least one dose of the vaccine.
Schools, including their playgrounds, shall remain open but allow only those in teaching and non-teaching staff to resume duties who are either fully vaccinated or have had at least one dose of vaccine over four weeks ago. Those with comorbidities shall be allowed once they are fully vaccinated. As a precaution, school staff must be regularly tested in cases where they have been administered single vaccine dose. Option of online learning must be available to students. Tehsils or blocks where positivity is above 0.2% should close primary classes 4 and below until the situation improves.
Colleges, coaching centres and all other institutions of higher learning shall remain open with all precautions mandatory for schools, including online learning option for students. Teaching and non-teaching staff here shall be prioritised for vaccination with special camps such that all are covered with first dose within this month. Those due for the second dose should also be prioritised. Parents of school children should be encouraged to get vaccinated.

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