Himachal Pradesh: Amid rise in Covid-19 cases, CM Jai Ram Thakur cancels all scheduled programmes till January 15, imposes more restrictions | Shimla News


SHIMLA: Amid a steep increase in Covid-19 positive cases in Himachal Pradesh, chief minister Jai Ram Thakur has cancelled all his scheduled programmes till January 15.
The state executive committee (SEC), has announced 5-day week by directing to close down all the offices of government departments/ PSUs/ local bodies/ autonomous bodies including the HP secretariat on Saturdays and Sundays. On working days, these offices will operate with 50 per cent attendance.
All social and religious gatherings shall be completely banned in the state while the limit of other gatherings has also been fixed.
A spokesman of the state government said that the programme of the CM slated for Sulah constituency on January 10 and for Badsar, Hamirpur and Nadaun constituencies on January 11 and 12 also stands cancelled. He said that all these programmes would be rescheduled at the earliest.
According to the order issued by state executive committee on Sunday, restrictions on government offices will not apply to the offices dealing with emergency or essential services such as health, police, fire, banks, electricity, water & sanitation, public transport, telecom, excise, budget and related incident services/activities etc.
It said that other gatherings like academic/ sports/ entertainment/ cultural/ political are permitted up to 50 per cent of the capacity, subject to a maximum of 100 persons in indoor built up/covered areas (whichever is lower) and in open spaces/outdoor areas permitted up to 50 per cent of the capacity, subject to 300 persons (whichever is lower).
Prior intimation of gatherings shall be given to the district/sub divisional administration and local administration can impose additional conditions upon the organizers, as deemed fit, in context of local Covid situation. There shall be strict observance of Covid-19 appropriate behaviour and safety protocols during these congregations/gatherings.
The order said that along with religious places/ places of worship, there will be a total ban on langar/community kitchens/dhaams in all places in the state. For fixing the timings of the shops/markets or staggering schedule of their openings/closing, respective district magistrates have been authorised to take decisions on this behalf after taking note of Covid-19 situations and specific requirements of their districts.
District administration shall be competent to deploy any government employee who are otherwise not performing any duties or not coming to their offices because of the directions by any authority, and depute them for any duty relating to vaccination, surveillance, monitoring of persons under home isolation, manning the check posts, making data entry or monitoring, calling home isolated patients, etc as per requirements to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic.
District magistrates and superintendents of police have been directed to take adequate measures to implement these orders with the support of all the PRIs and ULBs in letter and spirit.

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